Associate Professor Music Education
@ Arizona State University

Working at the intersections between music engagement, teaching and learning, social impact, and imaginative possibilities.

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How might musical engagement, learning, and inquiry impact communities and society?

This question animates my teaching, creative work, and research.

As Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education at Arizona State University, I support people interested in music teaching and learning in varied contexts.

Learn more about my teaching, creative work, research, consulting, and projects.

I enjoy collaborating with people and organizations interested in the role that musical engagement and learning can play in forwarding goals that improve people’s lives and impact communities and society through themes such as:

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Connected Learning and Creative Youth Development

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Justice, Equity, and Transforming Society

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September 11, 2016

Desert Skies Symposium on Music Education Research 2017

The Desert Skies Symposium on Music Education Research invites submissions for the fifteenth biennial meeting, to be held February 23-25, 2017, on the campus of Arizona State University. Research papers related to music teaching and learning in any context are invited from college and university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, preK-12 music educators, teaching artists, and community music educators. Submit an abstract of 700-800 words (references not included in word count). See the complete call  

A Call for inclusion of Media Arts in the California Arts Standards
August 25, 2016

A Call for inclusion of Media Arts in the California Arts Standards

This post was updated on 8/27/16 with positive information about media arts being considered for inclusion in the California Arts Standards. The earlier post about media arts being excluded is no longer accurate. Update 8/27/16 I received the following information from my colleague Dain Olsen, who was the writing chair of the National Core Arts Standards: Media Arts Standards. Dain is currently Lead Teacher/Coordinator of Multimedia Academy, Belmont HS, LAUSD and Faculty member of Vermont College of

Learning with Digital Media and Technology in Hybrid Music Classrooms
June 8, 2016

Learning with Digital Media and Technology in Hybrid Music Classrooms

Tobias, E. S. (2016). Learning with digital media and technology in hybrid music classrooms. In C. R. Abril & B. M. Gault (Eds.), Teaching general music: Approaches, issues, and viewpoints (pp. 112-140). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. My chapter, Learning with digital media and technology in hybrid music classrooms is now available in the fabulous book, Teaching general music: Approaches, issues, and viewpoints [affiliate link]. You can read my overall description of the book Teaching general music here.

Study Music Teaching and Learning at ASU Summer Music Institute 2016
May 25, 2016

Study Music Teaching and Learning at ASU Summer Music Institute 2016

The music education department at Arizona State University is known for its diverse offerings and attention to contemporary issues in music education. Our Summer Music Institute offers additional opportunities for music educators and teaching artists to gain professional development and be part of a wonderful teaching and learning community. Take a look below at our full list of 2016 summer offerings: The ASU Summer Music Institute is flexible around music educators’, teaching artists’, graduate or

Rap, rhyme, and rhythm for music teaching and learning
May 23, 2016

Rap, rhyme, and rhythm for music teaching and learning

The following Vox video Rapping, deconstructed: The best rhymers of all time, produced by Estelle Caswell, provides an introduction to the ways that rap musicians use rhyme and rhythm in their music and traces changes over time. (NOTE: The video contains language from some of the music that is not appropriate in many school settings). Take a look & listen and consider any connections you might make to existing or potential music curricula: What implications might this

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