Associate Professor Music Education
@ Arizona State University

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


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:


Connected Learning and Creative Youth Development


Creative and Artistic Inquiry


Science and Society


Justice, Equity, and Transforming Society

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July 3, 2017

A brave new world: Theory to practice in participatory culture and music learning and teaching

Waldron, J., Mantie, R., Partti, H., & Tobias, E. S. (2017). A brave new world: Theory to practice in participatory culture and music learning and teaching. Music Education Research, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14613808.2017.1339027 ***A brave new world: Theory to practice in participatory culture and music learning and teaching is available for free for a limited time. (If you would like to read the article but do not have institutional access after the free version is no longer available

Considering orchestration and arrangements with Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon
May 19, 2017

Considering orchestration and arrangements with Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon

I often enjoy listening to multiple examples of the same song by the same artist. In addition to being enjoyable in and of itself, having multiple recordings of the same music can be a nice way to have learners listen to and discuss the decisions that musicians make when orchestrating or arranging music. Check out some of these recordings of Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon and maybe have students/learners listen and chat about the

Performing Music with Digital Media
April 28, 2017

Performing Music with Digital Media

Check out Sight Machine by Trevor Paglen, Kronos Quartet, and Obscura Digital commissioned by Cantor Arts Center (recently featured on WIRED): You can also read a New York Times article by Julie Baumgardner about Sight Machine and themes of the project.  I find this collaboration interesting for some of the following reasons in relation to music learning and teaching: it explores socio-cultural issues through the arts it is driven by artistic inquiry  it combines digital media and

April 26, 2017

Flow, Beats, & Style – Hip Hop Meets Llama Llama Red Pajama

The Cruz Show on Power 106 Los Angeles has a running segment where MCs rap the children’s book Llama Llama Red Pajama over a beat.   Besides it being fun to hear a children’s book getting some rap treatment, it provides an interesting way to get a sense of how MCs approach flow differently and approach rap with a particular style.  If you are unfamiliar with the artists you might find it worth listening to their

March 6, 2017

Sound Explorations Music Learning Playlists – Digital Media and Learning Competition 6

I am currently leading a project to develop connected learning playlists focused on music. The Sound Explorations: Creating, Expressing, Improving Communities project is an awardee of the 6th Digital and Media Learning Competition, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. Sound Explorations: Creating, Expressing, and Improving Communities, connects pre-service and in-service music educators, teaching artists, community youth organizations, and youth to create a set of six interconnected learning playlists with multiple learning pathways around the following themes:

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