We had the best faculty of not just any one campus, we had the best of many different campuses across the country. I think that UF has really done a superb job in doing that, because it creates a program of eminence.

– Kendra Gannaway
Online Master of Music in Music Education Graduate

Dr. William I. Bauer

Director, Online Master of Music in Music Education

Dr. William I. Bauer is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Online Master of Music in Music Education program in the School of Music at the University of Florida. At UF Dr. Bauer teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in music education that include music education research, measurement and assessment, technology for music learning, and music in higher education. From 2001-2013 he was the Director of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. He also served as the University Director of Teacher Licensure at CWRU from 2004-2007. Dr. Bauer was a member of the music education faculty of the Ball State University School of Music between 1997-2001, where he was also the Co-Director of the Music Technology Resource Laboratory. Previous to his appointment at BSU, he was the Director of Music Education at Radford University in Radford, VA. A native of Northeastern Ohio, Bauer taught instrumental (band and orchestra) and general music for eight years in the Ohio public schools.

Dr. Bauer’s book, Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music, was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He has published his research and other writings in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, TRIAD, Indiana Musicator, additional journals outside of music and music education, and several book chapters. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education; Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Journal of Music Teacher Education; Research Perspectives in Music Education; New Directions: A Journal of Scholarship, Creativity and Leadership in Music Education; Florida Music Director; and Research and Issues in Music Education. Dr. Bauer is the former editor of Contributions to Music Education and a former member of the editorial committee of the Music Educators Journal. Bauer was named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple, Inc. in 2003 and a Google Certified Teacher by Google in 2008.

Professor Bauer has presented at numerous conferences and other events throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is currently a member of the Florida Music Educators Association Research Committee. Dr. Bauer is a past Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Assessment Special Research Interest Group (SRIG). He is an active member of many professional organizations including The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the College Music Society (CMS). Dr. Bauer is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BME), Bowling Green State University (MM), and Kent State University (PhD). His major areas of interest and research include the applications of technology to music teaching and learning, music teacher education, instrumental music education, and music cognition. He continues to perform on the trombone, euphonium, and occasionally tuba, and is also the founder and former conductor of the Wadsworth (Ohio) Community Band.

Dr. Mary Birkner


Dr. Mary Birkner is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Music at the University of Florida. Dr. Birkner currently teaches Instructional Design in Music Education, Woodwind Skills, and directs the University of Florida Flute Ensemble. During the 2012-2013 school year, she worked at UF as the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute. Additionally, Dr. Birkner serves as a flutist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private studio teaching flute and piano lessons. Prior to her time at the University of Florida, she taught general music for grades K-5 in Michigan, grades K-2 in Texas, choir for grades 5-6 in Texas, and preschool music in Florida. Dr. Birkner graduated in 2014 with a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida. She completed a Master of Music in 2004 in flute performance from the University of Florida, and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University with a double major in music and education.

Dr. Timothy S. Brophy

Professor and Director of Institutional Assessment

Timothy S. Brophy is Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Florida and Professor of Music Education. Prior to his appointment as Director, he was Assistant Dean for Research, Technology, and Administrative Affairs in the College of the Arts and a member of the music education faculty in the School of Music. He joined the University of Florida faculty in 2000. He is a multiple award-winning teacher and an established researcher who possesses advanced knowledge and expertise with organizational assessment systems and institutional, program, and academic assessment. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is sole author of three books, including the widely acclaimed Assessing the Developing Child Musician. He has edited and published the proceedings of the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education. He is editor of the Oxford Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, a two-volume collection of chapters by leading assessment scholars from across the world, due to be published in 2017. Dr. Brophy has conducted workshop sessions and conference presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, Holland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Dr. Brophy holds national and international leadership roles in assessment, including service as a member of the Assessment Technical Steering Committee for the Colorado Department of Education and as an arts assessment expert on the New York State Arts Blue Ribbon Commission. He is a past National Chair of the Assessment Special Research Interest Group of The National Association for Music Education, and founded the first Assessment Special Interest Group for the International Society for Music Education. He has extensive experience with test development and data collection processes for standards-based assessments and knows large-scale assessment structures and processes, policy, and state and national assessment issues. He has taught graduate courses in measurement and evaluation, and possesses working knowledge of psychometrics, classic test theory, and item response theory. Dr. Brophy has focused international attention on assessment in music education as the Founding and Organizing Chair of the International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), a biennial series of symposia that began in 2007. Dr. Brophy is the SACSCOC liaison for the University of Florida, and serves on the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. He holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

I really enjoyed the assessment course, where we learned about how to take grades for kids and those kind of things. The professor that designed that was Dr. Timothy Brophy, who is renowned in the world of music education, so I had actually heard of him and knew who he was long before I looked into the program.

– Melody Kneezel
Online Master of Music in Music Education Graduate

Dr. Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund


Dr. Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She teaches Methods of Research in Music Education, Curricular Trends in Music Education, Music in the Elementary Classroom, applied piano, and supervises student teachers.

Dr. Chen-Edmund received her Ph.D. in music education and served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida. She has taught studio piano for ten years and recently served as Keyboard Instructor for the Santa Fe College Continuing Education program. In 2007, she earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the UF International Center. Dr. Chen-Edmund earned her Master of Arts degree in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor degree in music performance at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Chen-Edmund holds Orff Schulwerk and Kodály certifications and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Minnesota Society for Music Teacher Education. She is an Artist Initiative Music panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has presented research and conducted workshops at the Minnesota Music Educators Association conference, the Second and Fourth International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education, the University of Minnesota Duluth Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism, the Florida Music Educators Association conference, and the University of Florida Site-based Implementation of Teacher Education Program. Her research areas of interest include Taiwanese indigenous folk music, connections between music instruction and language development for ESOL students, teacher education, and assessment in music education.

Dr. John A. Duff


Dr. John A. Duff is Professor of Music and served as the Director of the School of Music at the University of Florida from 2002 until 2015. Prior to coming to Florida in 2002, he was Director of the School of Music at Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University in San Marcos. During the 1990’s, Dr. Duff chaired the Department of Music and was professor of trombone studies at Western Kentucky University. From 1980 through 1991, he lived in Fairbanks , Alaska, where he taught at the University of Alaska.

Originally from the Northwest, Dr. Duff received his baccalaureate degrees from the University of Washington where he studied conducting with Vilem Sokol and William D. Cole, and trombone performance with Stuart Dempster. After five years of teaching music in the public schools in Yakima, Washington, during the 1970’s, he left for Michigan State University where he studied conducting with Stanley DeRusha, trombone with Curtis Olson, and music education with Robert Erbes and Robert Sidnell, earning his Master of Music and Ph.D. degrees. As a teacher and conductor since 1973, Dr. Duff has worked with musicians from junior high through professional levels in the areas of band and orchestra. He has conducted nationally and internationally. Dr. Duff’s research interests include the life and music of Czech-American composer, Karel Husa, and Celtic music, including the “classical”music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe. He and his wife live in Gainesville and have two children and two grandchildren

Dr. David Edmund


Dr. David Edmund is Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Edmund teaches elementary methods, intro to music education, graduate music courses, supervises student teachers, serves as the liaison with the UMD Department of Education, and advises graduate theses. From 2009-2012, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, teaching elementary methods, music theory, and graduate courses.

In addition to his work as professor, Dr. Edmund maintains a private trumpet studio and actively performs in various jazz settings. He earned his Ph.D. in music education at UF, where he was a Presidential Fellow and Director of Jazz Bands II and III. In 2008, Dr. Edmund was honored with a Graduate Student Teaching Award and at commencement was recognized as the Outstanding Music Graduate Student. He has presented research at numerous conferences in Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and Taiwan. Dr. Edmund has taught general music, choir, and beginning band for ten years in Florida elementary schools. He holds certification in the Orff and Kodály approaches. In 2001, Dr. Edmund was elected the Ruskin Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Prior to teaching elementary music, he earned a Master of Music Education degree with Jazz Studies emphasis at the University of North Texas. At North Texas, he performed in the renowned One O’Clock lab band and directed the Six O’Clock. Dr. Edmund has toured and recorded with chamber winds, jazz, reggae, soul, pop, and rock ensembles.

Dr. Charles Hoffer


Dr. Charles Hoffer earned his Bachelor of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University and his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Dr. Hoffer taught 14 years in the public schools of Michigan, New York, and Missouri before joining the faculty of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1966. He moved to the University of Florida in 1984 and served as head of music education for many years. In addition, he has taught summer sessions at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and twice at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hoffer was president of the Indiana Music Educators Association, president of the North Central Division of MENC, and national president of the National Association for Music Education (MENC). He served on the committees that wrote the National Standards in Music and the Sunshine State Standards for Florida.

Dr. Hoffer has spoken or conducted clinics in almost every state. He was active in the International Society for Music Education, during which time he read papers or attended research conferences in Moscow, London, Tunis, Christchurch, Mexico City, and Camberra, as well as hosting its research conference in Bloomington.

Dr. Hoffer is author of more than thirty books, including Teaching Music in The Secondary Schools (five editions), Introduction to Music Education (three editions), Foundations of Music Education (two editions), and Adventures in Music Listening (three levels). He has also written a music appreciation textbook, Music Listening Today, that makes extensive use of video material as an aid to developing listening skill among college students who are not music majors. Its sixth edition was published in 2015. He has had many articles published in the Music Educators Journal, The Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin, and Florida Music Director, which he edited for five years. He also had a chapter in the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Tammy Kuntz


Tammy Kuntz is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where she teaches courses in the online Master of Music in Music Education program. Other teaching responsibilities include courses at Kent State University and Bowling Green State University-Firelands. She holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Music from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Kent State University. As a band director in Columbus (OH) Public Schools, she taught elementary and high school band and orchestra. She also taught general music in private schools in Columbus and Cleveland.

Dr. Kuntz’s research focuses on the musical lives of adults and the psychosocial aspects of music education. She has presented her research at local, state, and national conferences including NAfME Eastern Division, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Symposium, Desert Skies Symposium, and Ohio Music Educators Association. Her work is published in Application of Research in Music Education and Contributions to Music Education.

Dr. Kuntz serves as an adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Society for Research in Music Education, and the College Music Society.

Dr. Joshua Mills


Composer and music theorist Joshua Mills is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Master of Music in Music Education program at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College, Master of Music degrees in both composition and music theory pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

His research focuses on connections between Classical rhetorical pedagogy and historic compositional training and their implications for contemporary music pedagogy, the integration of atonal systems of pitch organization with tonal harmonic structures, and the intersections and interactions between timbre and harmony in late-20th- and 21st-century music. He has presented papers at various regional and national conferences, including the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, the Florida State University Music Theory Forum, Music Theory Southeast, and the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, and served on the 2015 program committee for Music Theory Southeast. For his paper ‘Partimenti, Imitatio, and Exempla: Exploring (and Applying) the Pedagogical Parallels between Rhetoric and Composition,’ he was awarded the 2014 Music Theory Southeast Best Student Paper Award.

Joshua’s compositions have been performed by line upon line percussion, Duo Rodinia, What Is Noise, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Florida State University Philharmonia, and numerous other individuals and ensembles across the country. In addition to his work as a composer, theorist, and teacher, he has served as music director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society and as a chanter at Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland, and is currently a chanter at the Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church in Tallahassee, Florida. More information may be found on his website: www.joshuawilliammills.com

Dr. Amber Dahlén Peterson


Dr. Amber Dahlén Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Through this position, she conducts the South Kansas Symphony, coaches the Williams String Quartet, and teaches violin, viola, music education, history, and theory courses. She previously taught music appreciation and music theory at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois, online graduate music education courses for University of Florida and Kent State University, and the laboratory orchestra at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Peterson completed her Ph.D. in Music Education, with a cognate in Music Cognition and Psychology, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also holds music education degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She completed the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has earned additional graduate credit at The Ohio State University and University of Iowa. Some of her influential teachers include William Bauer, Lisa Huisman Koops, Kathleen Horvath, Lisa Boyko, Deborah Dakin, and Nobuyoshi Yasuda. Dr. Peterson has performed with many semi-professional and community symphonies, pit orchestras, and chamber ensembles throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. Most recently, she appeared with the Delano Chamber Orchestra in Wichita. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Dr. Peterson taught orchestra in Moline, Illinois, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also served on the staffs of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Illinois Ambassadors of Music, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She has held leadership positions in the Illinois Music Education Association and American String Teachers Association. Dr. Peterson’s research has primarily focused on music teacher education and music cognition. Her work has appeared in American String Teacher, Contributions to Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. She has presented sessions for state music education conferences in Ohio, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, as well national conferences of the American String Teachers Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Russell Robinson

Professor, Area Head: Music Education

Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been with the University of Florida since 1984, where he is Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Education department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music and music education. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami.

Well-known for his innovative and practical teaching and conducting techniques and frequently in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker and presenter at festivals, workshops, state, regional and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), all state choirs and honor choirs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia and Central America. His conducting venues have included prestigious performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Washington’s National Cathedral, the White House, Linz (Austria) Festival, Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Wiesbaden, Germany Kurhaus Concert Hall. His schedule keeps him in contact with some 20,000 students and teachers per year. He is past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean for the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for MENC and MENC Choral Adviser.

Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in the catalogues of Warner Bros., Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard Publishing, Carl Fischer, Plymouth Music, MENC, Heritage Press, Colla Voce, Walton Publishers, Alliance Music Publications, Alfred Publishing, Bri-Lee Music, and Belwin Publications, and has been the recipient of numerous ASCAP composer/arranger awards. A book that he co-wrote with Jay Althouse, The Complete Choral Warm-up Book, published by Alfred Publishing, is widely used by choral directors internationally as are his choral arrangements, and he has conducted the classical choral recordings for the educational catalogs of Warner Bros. Publications, Lawson-Gould and Alfred Publishing. Dr. Robinson’s instructional DVD’s, including: Creative Rehearsal Techniques for Today’s Choral Classroom, Jazz Style and Improvisation for Choirs, Middle School Singers: Turning Their Energy into Wonderful Choirs!, his books Songwriting Made Easy!, ALL YE WHO MUSIC LOVE, Six A Cappella Madrigals for 3-Part Mixed Choirs and Warm Ups by the Dozen! (Sets I and II), are published by Alfred Publications. His book, I Know Sousa, Not Sopranos! A Survival Guide for the Band Director Teaching Choirs is published by Heritage Music Press.

Professor Robinson is a recipient of the UF College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and Doctoral Adviser/Mentor awards, the UF Research Foundation Professorship, and the University-wide recipient of the UF College of Education’s Scholarship of Engagement award which recognizes honorees “whose scholarly activities are yielding an immediate positive impact on teaching and learning in the classroom.”

In addition to being named Teacher of the Year and Doctoral Adviser of the Year in the UF College of Fine Arts, and the Alumni Achievement Award from Drury University, in January 2012, Dr. Robinson was the recipient of the Florida Music Educators Association Leadership Award that recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding and sustained skill in a leadership or an administrative capacity and who carries the mission of FMEA forward throughout the state and the nation.

Dr. Matthew D. Schatt


Matthew D. Schatt is a tenured music educator with the Independence Local School District (Ohio), Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Florida, and a Part-Time Instructor with Kent State University. A graduate of Bowling Green State University (BME), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and Case Western Reserve University (PhD), Dr. Schatt guides instrumental music students in the fifth through twelfth grade, facilitates middle school general music classes, and implements the AP Music Theory class for Independence Local School District (Ohio). His active research interests include studying the practice routines of pre-adolescent instrumental musicians, examining the motivational interests of K-12 students, and exploring student-centered models for secondary instruction. Schatt’s research has been disseminated in Applications of Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Research & Issues in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Schatt currently serves on the editorial board for Contributions to Music Education.

Dr. Megan Sheridan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Megan Sheridan is assistant professor of music education at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate music education, including classes in the online MMME program. She received her Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University, her M.A. in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.M. in music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Sheridan is Kodály certified and currently serves on the National Choir Committee for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Sheridan taught elementary general and choral music in public and private schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and directed the Victory Choir (a choir of cancer survivors and caregivers) at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Sheridan’s research interests include children’s vocal development, pedagogical approaches in the elementary music classroom, music teacher education, and the history of singing in music education. She has given presentations for the Early Childhood Music Education Seminar in Taipei, Taiwan, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – Music Education. Dr. Sheridan will give presentations at the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) conference and the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) conference in the coming year.

Dr. Stephanie Standerfer


A Denver native, Dr. Standerfer taught public school vocal and general music in grades K-12 for nine years in Colorado and Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder as well as Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Current research areas include K-12 music curriculum development, National Board Certification for music teachers, and teaching music literacy. Dr. Standerfer has given national presentations for the World Educational Research Association (WERA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as well as other division and state conferences. Presentation topics have included professional development for music educators, differentiating music curriculum, music teacher standards, and standards-based music curriculum development. She has also published articles in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Standerfer is currently an Associate Professor of Music Education at the Shenandoah University Conservatory. Her courses include Preschool and Elementary Music Methods, Foundations of Music Education, Reading and Literacy in Music, Curriculum and Assessment in Music, and graduate level research and curriculum courses. She also serves as the Coordinator of Assessment for the Shenandoah University Conservatory. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Standerfer served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Matthew Thibeault


Matthew Thibeault received his BME in music education and psychology at Florida State University before completing MA and Ph.D. degrees in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education at Stanford University. He taught general music in California public schools at the elementary and high school level, and previously worked on the faculties of San José State University and the University of Illinois. He currently lives and works in central Japan.

Thibeault’s interests and research concern the connections between general music education, technology, and society. He has published in a variety of journals for researchers and practitioners, including Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, and Outlines: Critical Social Studies. Thibeault served as editor of the media section of the Oxford Handbook of Music Education. While at Stanford, he worked on a multiyear National Science Foundation grant, and as co-author published several papers and the 2005 book Designing Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom (Teachers College Press). As an outgrowth of his interest in the relationship between media and music education, Thibeault leads a community group devoted to participatory music making, the Homebrew Ukulele Union. He also promotes participatory music as a board member of Jake Shimabukuro’s educational Four Strings Foundation.

Thibeault was a 2012-13 Faculty Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award presented by the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. He serves on the editorial or advisory boards of Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, The International Journal of Education & the Arts, and the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education. From 2010–14 General Music Today published his column for practitioners, “Secondary Scene.” Thibeault is Chair-elect for the NAfME Philosophy SRIG. More information is available on Matthew’s professional website.

Dr. Keith Thompson


Dr. Keith Thompson is a life-long music educator whose work has focused on music learning and the teaching of music listening skills.

While Thompson was completing a Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, he taught general music in elementary schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He became involved in music teacher education, serving on the faculties of The Ohio State University, University of Illinois and The Pennsylvania State University where he served as Coordinator of Music Education from 1989 until his retirement in 2003.

Thompson is widely published in the areas of music for special learners, music listening and the assessment of music learning.

Dr. Richard S. Webb


Richard S. Webb (B.M., Music Performance, Bowling Green State University; M.M., Viola, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., Music Education, Northwestern University) has served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, teaching courses in instrumental music education and graduate research; and DePaul University, teaching string pedagogy. Prior to his collegiate teaching experience, he was a music educator in the state of Ohio for 13 years. He recently completed his doctoral dissertation, “Construction of Musical Understandings: An Exploration of Peer Tutoring in the School Orchestra Program,” while serving as a contributor to the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME) at Northwestern University. His research interests include peer teaching and learning in music, and student engagement in the music classroom. His most recent research-based article for practitioners, “Learning by Teaching/Addressing a Need: Peer Tutoring in Your Orchestra Program,” was published in the August, 2012 issue of the American String Teacher. He has also contributed a chapter to the recently published GIA text Musicianship: Composing in the Band & Orchestra. 2013-14 clinics and presentations included The College Music Society, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association.

Dr. Peter R. Webster


Peter Richard Webster is Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is also Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University In Evanston, Illinois where he taught for 25 years. Besides Northwestern, he has taught on the music education faculty at Case Western Reserve. He holds a bachelor degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and both a Masters and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in New York.

He has taught in the public schools of Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. His teaching responsibilities have included courses in philosophy of music education, graduate research, music technology, assessment, and creative thinking in music. He has presented numerous talks on creative thinking nationally and abroad. His published work includes over 80 articles and book chapters on technology, music cognition, and creative thinking in music. Webster is co-author of multiple editions of Experiencing Music Technology and co-editor of the MENC Oxford Research Handbook on Music Learning. He is also the author of Measures of Creative Thinking in Music, an exploratory tool for assessing music thinking using quasi-improvisational tasks.

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