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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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:

March 5, 2017

Journal of Popular Music Education and Popular Music in Music Education

The first volume and issue of the new Journal of Popular Music Education is available for free online. Congrats to editors Bryan Powell and Gareth Dylan Smith, who were a driving force in the journal coming into existence. Some Context on Popular Music in Music Education People sometimes have the misperception that engaging with popular music in music programs is new. It is not. You can find examples of music educators in the US discussing

March 5, 2017

Popular Music and Music Education Resources

Resources for Popular Music and Music Learning and Teaching These popular music and music education resources can be useful for those engaged in the practice of facilitating engagement and learning with popular music and those engaged in researching aspects of popular music in relation to music learning and teaching. This curated set of resources will always be incomplete, in-process, and ever-growing. Send a message with additional suggestions. Related Posts on this Website Posts related to popular

Expanding ensemble repertoire for diversity and inclusion
February 18, 2017

Expanding ensemble repertoire for diversity and inclusion

Phrases such as “the repertoire is the curriculum” have a sense of truth (though I think this is an extremely limited way of conceputalizing curriculum). Here I’m talking about the hidden curriculum, that which students learn through their engagement in school but that educators or schools do not make explicit in written or spoken form. A quick scan through an ensemble program’s repertoire can reveal much about the hidden curriculum that students experience. One way of

December 2, 2016

Deep Listening in the Music Classroom

[Originally posted August, 2007 & Updated Dec, 2016] Pauline Oliveros’s Inspiration The wonderful composer and performer Pauline Oliveros, recently passed away leaving a legacy of music, ideas, and thinking about sound and people. I first came across Pauline Oliveros during my undergraduate work and remember looking at some of her vocal scores in the library stacks, fascinated by her use of the voice as sound. Years later, I remember hearing her perform with a souped up

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