2014 Nancy Donahue Endowed Professor of the Arts
The Donahue Award in Action

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Greetings! I am Professor of Music & Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where I teach undergraduate and graduate level music classes in music studies and music education. The classes I’ve taught include general music methods; world music for the classroom; popular culture; curriculum design; intro to string pedagogy; digital audio and technology applications in music education as well as Sound Thinking, an interdisciplinary course in Computing and Music.

My research interests focus on creativity and listening skill development in children and examining the influence of integrating multimedia technology in urban music classrooms through the lens of the music teacher education curriculum and School-University partnerships. Recent projects include outreach partnerships with the Me2/Orchestra and the Free Soil Arts Collective. NSF funded projects include Performamatics, an NSF CPATH grant CNS-0722161 and TUES award DUE-1118435  linking computer science to the arts. Several music technology partnerships include Soundscapes, a technology infused music intervention program for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders; a music technology mentor/partnership with UML music education students and several local K-8 school as well as the local High School: and iPads in the Music Classroom for middle school students.  I am co-editor on Creative Music Making at Your Fingertips: A Mobile Technology Guide for Music Educators and co-author on Computational Thinking in Sound: Teaching the Art and Science of Music and Technology, an outgrowth of our NSF funding and our Sound Thinking class.

I received my Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University, where I was the Project Associate for the Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL),  a professional development program in arts integration.  As part of my work with CAL, I worked with students on the autism spectrum, as well as emotionally and behaviorally challenged students and their teachers at a New York City Public School located at Bellevue Hospital. This work involved using multi-media projects to connect with the students, integrate music into the curriculum and assess their learning.

Before entering the education profession, I was an award winning music director in advertising, working for several multinational advertising agencies producing the jingles and underscores for hundreds of commercials.

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