Hello and Welcome!
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. I am thrilled to be a part of the Moores School of Music’s community of musicians, scholars, and teachers.
I have just defended my dissertation on November 9, 2012 and received my Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University in December. My dissertation, “Exploring Informal Music Learning Pedagogy in a Professional Development Community of Elementary Music Teachers,” focuses on two areas of research in music education: professional development for practicing music teachers and informal music learning in the classroom.
November 9, 2012: Dissertation defense – passed!
November 10, 2012: ”Helping Students Teach Themselves: Informal Music Learning in the Music Classroom,” Presentation for the Michigan-Gordon Institute for Music Learning at Michigan State University
January 19, 2013: ”Music Play or Musical Communication? Strategies for Engaging Young Children,” Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 6-9, 2013: “‘Taking the Training Wheels Off’: Music Teachers’ Explorations of Informal Music Learning,” Presentation at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, an international conference held at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida