Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Music Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012

M.M., Music Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2009

B.M.E., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2003

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Houston  2012-present

  • Chair of Music Education  2012-present
  • Coordinator of Music Student Teaching  2012-2015   
  • Undergraduate Courses: Elementary & Secondary General Methods, Student Teaching Seminar, Music for Classroom Teachers
  • Graduate Courses: Introduction to Research in Music Education, Qualitative Methods, Contemporary Methods, Curriculum in Music Education, Psychology of Music Education
  • Advising: Dissertations and master’s theses of music education students
  • Coordinating: Arrange placements for student teachers; Conduct field observations

Visiting Professor of Music Education, University of Houston  2011-2012

  • Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Music Education, Music for Classroom Teachers, Student Teaching Seminar
  • Graduate Courses: College Music Teaching, Early Childhood Methods

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University  2007-2011

  • Undergraduate Courses: Early Childhood Methods, Introduction to Music Education, Music for Classroom Teachers     

Early Childhood Music Teacher, MSU Community Music School, East Lansing, MI  2007-2011    

Music Teacher, Lake Anne Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Reston, VA  2003-2007

  • General Music: PreK-6, Choir: 5-6

Early Childhood Music Teacher, Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.  2003-2006

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PUBLICATIONS

Research Journal Articles – refereed

Kastner, J. D., Pellegrino, K., Reese, J., & Russell, H. A. (in press). The rollercoaster ride of our music teacher educator identity development: Describing crucial turning points. Research Studies in Music Education.

Kastner, J. D. (in press). Healing bruises: Identity tensions in a beginning teacher’s use of formal and informal music learning. Research Studies in Music Education.

Pellegrino, K., Kastner, J. D., Reese, J., & Russell, H. A. (2017). Examining the long-term impact of participating in a professional development community of music teacher educators in the USA: An anchor through turbulent transitions. International Journal of Music Education. doi: 10.1177/0255761417704214.

Kastner, J. D. (2014). Exploring informal music learning in a professional development community. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, (202), 71-89. 

Pellegrino, K., Sweet, B., Kastner, J. D., Russell, H., & Reese, J. (2014). Becoming music teacher educators. International Journal of Music Education, 32(4), 462-477.

Book Chapters – refereed

Kastner, J. D. (in press, accepted August 2017). Creating and curating a musical identity on social media: A Content Analysis. In J. Waldron, S. Horsley, & K. Veblen (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kastner, J. D., & Shouldice, H. N. (2016). Assessment in general music education from early childhood through high school: A review of literature. In C. Conway (Ed.), Oxford Online Handbook of Assessment in Music Education. Retrieved from http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935321.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199935321-e-99.

Kastner, J. D. (2011). Elementary music teachers’ perceptions of their pre-kindergarten music teaching of students with special needs. In S. Burton and C. Taggart (Eds.), Learning from young children: Research in early childhood music (pp. 113-130). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Professional Journals Articles – refereed

Kastner, J. D. (2014). Learning to let go: Informal music learning in the classroom. Orff Echo, 46(4), p. 36-41.

Kastner, J. D. (2011). Providing an inclusive environment and appropriate instruction in early childhood music. Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, 6(4), 5-8.

Kastner, J. D. (2010). Of primary importance: Early childhood music. Michigan Music Educator, 47(2), 12.

Kastner, J. (2008). Getting to know you: Edwin Gordon. Perspectives, 3(4).

Dissertation

Kastner, J. D. (2012). Exploring informal music learning in a professional development community of elementary music teachers (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://etd.lib.msu.edu/islandora/object/etd%3A663/datastream/OBJ/view.

Master’s Thesis

Kastner, J. D. (2009). Unwritten stories: An ethnographic case study of fourth-grade students’ musical identities (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Order No. 1478838).

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PRESENTATIONS

Papers and Presentations for International Organizations – refereed

Kastner, J. D. (2016, June). “I’m a musician!”: A phenomenological inquiry of children’s informal music learning. Paper presented at the ISME World Conference on Music Education, Glasgow, UK. 

Kastner, J. D. (2016, June). Informal music learning in primary music classes: Helping students weave their own understandings. Presentation at the ISME World Conference on Music Education, Glasgow, UK.

Kastner, J. D. (2015, April). “Worlds colliding”: A first-year teacher’s use of vernacular music. Paper presented at the International Research in Music Education Conference, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

Papers and Presentations for National Organizations – refereed

Bond, V., Kastner, J. D., Nichols, B., & Vasil, M. (2017, May). Learning to effectively mentor graduate students: Perspectives across career stages. Panel presented at the 2017 Mountain Lake Symposium, Mountain Lake, VA.

Kastner, J. D. (2017, February). Finding their voices: Informal music learning in the choir classroom. Paper presented at the New Directions in Music Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2015, September). “We got to make our own music”: A phenomenological inquiry of children’s vernacular music learning. Paper presented at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Kastner, J. D. (2015, August). Practical pop: Using popular music to support curricular goals. Fifth International Conference on Music Learning Theory, Chicago, IL.

Shouldice, H., & Kastner, J. D. (2015, August). Playing nice in the sandbox: Communicating and collaborating with others. Presentation for the Fifth International Conference on Music Learning Theory, Chicago, IL.

Pellegrino, K., Russell, H. A., Kastner, J. D., & Reese, J. (2015, April). Examining the long-term effects of participation in a professional development community of music teacher educators. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Stanley, A. M., Robbins, J., Kastner, J. D., Gottlieb, B. A., & Hartz, B. (2015, April).  Renewed, reinvigorated, recharged: The voices of experienced teachers on their self-initiated professional development. Panel presented at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kastner, J. D. (2015, February). Diving into vernacular music: Stories of a beginning elementary music teacher. Paper presented at the New Directions in Music Education Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Kastner, J. D., Fox, C., & Vecchio, S. (2015, September). Exploring informal music learning in a professional development community. Paper presented at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Bazan, D., Woody, R. H., Davis, S., & Kastner, J. D. (2015, September). Broadening expertise: A panel discussion on informal and vernacular music making experiences in music teacher education. Panel presented at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kastner, J. D. (2015, February). “Taking the training wheels off”: Music teachers’ explorations of informal music learning. Paper presented at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Reese, J., Pellegrino, K., Russell, H. A., Kastner, J.D. (2014, April). Stories of early-career music teacher educators: Developing identities and searching for balance. Paper presented at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kastner, J. D., & Bosse, J. (2012, May). Discovering the “other” through embodied music learning. Paper presented at the Michigan State University Symposium on Teaching, Learning and Graduate Education, East Lansing, MI.

Russell, H. A., Pellegrino, K., Sweet, B., Kastner, J. D., & Reese, J. (2012, April). Becoming music teacher educators. Paper presented at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, May). The participatory culture of an early childhood music class. Paper presented at the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods, Mountain Lake, VA.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, February). Elementary music teachers’ perceptions of teaching pre-kindergarten students with special needs. Paper presented at the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, University of Arizona.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, February). The role of family influence and a desire for control in children’s musical identities. Paper presented at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Kastner, J. D. (2009, February). Young children’s responses to unfamiliar and familiar activities. Paper presented at the Desert Skies Symposium, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ.

Kastner, J. D. (2009, January). Young children’s responses to unfamiliar and familiar activities. Paper presented at the MENC Special Research Interest Group Conference: Learning from Young Children, University of Delaware.

Papers and Presentations for State Organizations – refereed

Kastner, J. D. (2017, February). Let the music play! Tapping into children’s playfulness. Presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2017, February). All about audiation: Developing musical understanding.  Presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2014, February). Lively learning with the little ones. Presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Kastner, J. D., & Brink, R. (2014, February). The best of both worlds: Kodály and Music Learning Theory. Presentation with the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Kastner, J. D., & Brink, R. (2014, January). Connections between Music Learning Theory and Kodály. Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2014, January). Pop goes the music class: Popular music to reinforce student musicianship. Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2013, January). Music play or music communication? Strategies for engaging young children. Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Taggart, C. C., Schubert, K., & Kastner, J. D. (2011, March). The role of early childhood music class participation in the development of young children with speech and language delay. Presentation at the Michigan State Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, January). Appropriate and fun activities for young learners. Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, January). Letting go of your inner control freak: Helping students find their inner musicians. Presentation at the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Workshops and Guest Lectures – invited

Kastner, J. D. (2017, June 6). More bang for Your buck: Extending musical growth throughout the year. Presentation for the Alief Independent School District, Alief, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2017, April 11). Vernacular musicianship and informal music learning. Guest lecture for Music Education and Society graduate course at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Kastner, J. D. (2016, October). Learning through play: Playful activities to support students’ musical development. Presentation for the Waller Independent School District, Waller, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2016, September). A dab of this, A dab of that! Playful activities in upper elementary music classes. Presentation for the Waller Independent School District, Waller, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2016, August). Let the music play! Tapping into children’s natural playfulness. Presentation for the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Cypress, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2016, April). Let the music play! Tapping into children’s natural playfulness. Presentation for the TMEA Region 17 Spring Meeting, Alvin, TX.

Kastner, J. D. (2014, August). Learning to speak music: Applying language learning concepts in elementary music. Presentation for the Pearland Elementary General Music Teachers, Pearland, TX.

Brink, R., & Kastner, J. D. (2013, October). Strategies and best practices for early childhood music. Presentation for the Kodály Institute at the University of Houston Preparatory & Continuing Studies Program, Houston, TX.

Kastner, J. D., Broughton, B., Fox, C., & Vecchio, S. (2012, November). Helping students teach themselves: Informal Music Learning in the Classroom. Presentation for the Michigan Gordon Institute of Music Learning Chapter, East Lansing, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, April). Music for you and your baby. Presentation for the Detroit Public Schools Community Baby Shower, Detroit, MI.

Poster Presentations – refereed

Shouldice, H. N., & Kastner, J. D. (2015, September). Assessment practices in elementary general music: How do we rate? Poster presentation at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Reese, J., Kastner, J. D., Pellegrino, K., Russell, H. A., & Sweet, B. (2014, April). Virtual collaborative research: Navigating time, space, and interaction. Poster presentation at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, October). Informal music learning and children’s natural processes: Comparisons in literature. Poster presentation at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Pellegrino, K., Reese, J., Kastner, J. D., Russell, H. A., & Sweet, B. (2011, September). Learning from and with each other: Experiences in a professional development community of music teacher educators. Poster presentation at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Bosse, J., & Kastner, J. D. (2011, April). Bridging the divide between epistemology and pedagogy. Poster presentation at the Residential College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Fellows Poster Fair, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Kastner, J. D. (2011, October). Role-identities of elementary music teachers in their pre-kindergarten teaching. Poster presentation at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Kastner, J. D. (2010, October). An ethnographic case study of four fourth-graders’ musical identities. Poster presentation at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, The Ohio State University.

Kastner, J. D. (2009, September). An ethnographic case study of four fourth-graders’ musical identities. Poster presentation at the Society of Music Teacher Educators Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

National

2017 Guest reviewer for Journal of Popular Music Education

2013-present Southwest Division Chair, Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group of the National Association of Music Education

2011 Graduate Student Editorial Review Board, Visions of Research of Music Education, Volume 18

State

2015-2017 Executive Board Member-at-Large, Texas Music Educators Conference

Local

2016-present Assistant Director, Sensory-Friendly Musical for Children

  • Recipient of a 2017 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Grant
  • Service-learning project for music majors in which they wrote, composed, produced, and performed in 2 children’s musicals 
  • Partnership with Houston Hobby Center’s Sensory-Friendly Discovery Series
  • Free production for area children with Autism and other sensory-processing disorders
  • Weekly student meetings through Fall 2017 semester

2014-present Coordinator and Lead Teacher, Jay Marks Family Children’s Music Outreach Initiative

  • Privately-funded after-school music program for children
  • Music classes taught 2-3 times per week at Lockhart Elementary School in HISD
  • Coordination of schedules for 5-8 undergraduate students and 2-4 children’s groups each semester
  • Mentorship for volunteer undergraduate music education majors

University

2016 Chair, Music Education Search Committee

Graduate Curriculum Committee, School of Music

Curriculum Development, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Teacher Certification

  • Chair, ad hoc committee
  • Created barrier requirements for upper-level music education courses, including interviews, writing proficiency exam, and ethics training

2015-present DMA Admissions Advisory Committee

2015-present Faculty Co-Sponsor, UH Collegiate NAfME Chapter

2015 Annual Faculty Performance Review Task Force

Curriculum Development, Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education

  • Proposal accepted for new application and admission requirements

2014 Curriculum Development, Master of Music in Music Education

  • Proposal accepted for 4 course changes for music education courses
  • Updated curriculum to better reflect expectations in the field

Search Committee, String Music Education Faculty

Graduate Studies Committee, School of Music

Undergraduate Studies Committee, School of Music

2013-present Chair, Music Education Division

2013-2015 Coordinator, Music Student Teaching 

2013 Search Committee, Piano Pedagogy Faculty

Graduate Curriculum Committee, School of Music

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ADVISING

Dissertations

2017

  • Michael Staub (chair, in-progress)
  • Kiana Day Williams (chair, in-progress)

2016

  • Yanira Soria (collaborative piano committee)

2015

  • Anne Lundy (chair)

2013

  • Dan Littles (chair)
  • Sophie Parker (chair)

Master’s Capstone Projects

2016

  • Anne Marquis
  • Emily Whaley

2015

  • Julissa Chapa

2014

  • Matthew Coffey
  • Melissa Matthews
  • Darryl Williams

2013

  • Candace Beyer
  • Eric West

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 HONORS

2017, 2014 Texas Invited Clinician, Elementary Division, TMEA Conference

2015 Nominee, Outstanding Dissertation Award, Council for Research in Music Education

2012 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University College of Music

2010-2012 Graduate Fellow, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University (awarded twice)

2007-2012 Graduate Assistant in Music Education, Michigan State University