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Steve Oare appointed Editor of the Kansas Music Review

Dr. Steve Oare, associate professor of music education at Wichita State University, has been appointed editor of the Kansas Music Review. Please join us in congratulating Steve on this recognition of his leadership for the profession in his state, and nationally.

Congratulations, Steve!

Dr. Bridget Sweet awarded book contract with Oxford University Press

Dr. Bridget Sweet, assistant professor of music education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has had her book proposal, Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond, approved for contract by Oxford University Press.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sweet on this impressive accomplishment! Go Green!

Dr. Judy Palac named to ASTA Publications Editor position

Dr. Judy Palac, associate professor of music education at MSU, was appointed ASTA Publications Editor in May of 2012.  ASTA publishes up to 2 books a year, and it is Dr. Palac's job to solicit and initially review submissions, forward them for peer review to an editorial board of five, and to recommend publication to the national board.  As Publications Editor she is also a member of the national board of eight.  ASTA has approximately 8,000 members in the US and Canada, representing players and teachers of string instruments at all levels, public and private, and in many styles


In the summer of 2013, Judy was appointed a member of the national board of Andover Educators, the organization that trains and licenses music teachers in the somatic education technique, Body Mapping.  There are 60 licensed AE's around the world, and even more trainees.  


This summer, Dr. Palac was also elected to the board of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the first and foremost interdisciplinary organization for the health of performing artists in the world.  Prof. Palac is the only music education specialist on the board of fourteen, and has also been appointed to PAMA's NASM task force that will help develop educational materials for implementation of NASM's new health accreditation standard.


Congratulations to Dr. Palac for this recognition of her leadership contributions to our profession!

Dr. Julie Kastner has article accepted for publication

Dr. Julie Kastner, assistant professor of music education at the University of Houston, recently had an article, “Becoming Music Teacher Educators: Learning From and With Each Other in a Professional Development Community,” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Music Education

One of Dr. Kastner's co-authors on this article is Dr. Bridget Sweet, from the University of Illinois.

Congratulations to both Julie and Bridget on this contribution to our professional literature! Go Green!

Giebelhausen/University of New Mexico press release

Dr. Giebelhausen (center) with Professors Palac, Snow, Taggart and Robinson at commencement
Dr. Giebelhausen (center) with Professors Palac, Snow, Taggart and Robinson at commencement

Robin Giebelhausen is an assistant professor of music education at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches foundations and methods courses in elementary and secondary general music.  She has a BME in music education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (2004) and an MM from Northwestern University (2008).  Currently; she is a PhD candidate at Michigan State University with a cognate in creativity. In addition, she serves as the chapter advisor to UNM’s collegiate NAfME chapter.  She has completed levels training in Orff-Schulwerk and has studied Kodály and Music Learning Theory. 

Professor Giebelhausen was a public school music teacher for six years in Libertyville, IL specializing in middle school general music and choir. She spent three years as the general music teacher (PreSchool-8th grade) and choral director in Grand Ledge, MI.  She has research interests that include secondary general music, music technology, gender issues in music, and music composition pedagogy.  She has been published in the Michigan Music Educator.  She has presented at the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Michigan Music Conference, the American String Teacher's Association Conference, the New Directions in Music Conference in E. Lansing, MI, and the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium in Tampa, FL. She has served as a technology facilitator to teachers assisting in differentiated instruction for all levels of technological learning for adults.


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Ryan Wamhoff accepts position in Converse, IN

Congrats to Ryan Wamhoff, who will be teaching general music and band at the Oak Hill United School Corporation in Converse, IN this fall!

Andrew Miller accepts position in Petoskey, MI

Congrats to Andrew Miller, who will be teaching K-5 music in Petoskey, MI this fall!

Christian Robinson accepts position in Frostburg, MD

Congrats to Christian Robinson, who will be teaching band at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, MD this fall!

Robin Giebelhausen accepts position at the University of New Mexico

Congrats to Robin Giebelhausen, who started her position as assistant professor of music education at the University of New Mexico this week!!

Melissa Eisensmith accepts position in Frankfort, IN

Congrats to Melissa Eisensmith, who will be teaching at Frankfort Middle School in Indiana starting this fall!

Kelly Chase accepts position in Oregon

Congrats to Kelly Chase, who will be teaching K-5 general music in Klamath Falls Community School District in Oregon this Fall!

Dr. Steve Oare awarded tenure at Wichita State University

Congrats to Dr. Steve Oare, who was recently awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor at Wichita State University! Way to go, Steve! And Go Green!

Seth Burk accepts position in Holt, MI

Congrats to Seth Burk!! This fall he will be the chorus teacher at Holt Junior High School!

Caitlin Mihalko accepts position in Adrian, MI

Congrats to Caitlin Mihalko!! This fall she will be the orchestra teacher at Adrian High School!

Sarah Aungst accepts position in Central Lake, MI

Congrats to Sarah Aungst, who will be teaching K-12 music in Central Lake Public Schools in MI starting this fall!

Michael Burkett accepts position in Birmingham, MI

Congrats to Michael Burkett, who will be teaching MS and HS band in Birmingham, Michigan starting this fall!

Dr. Nathan Kruse accepts new position at Case Western Reserve University; joins fellow Spartan, Dr. Lisa Koops on music education faculty

Congrats to Dr. Nathan Kruse, who begins his new position as associate professor of music education at Case Western Reserve University this Fall! Nate will also be guiding the graduate degree programs at Case as coordinator of graduate studies.

Please join us in congratulating Nate on this new chapter in his professional journey!

Allison Campbell accepts position in Dexter, MI

Congrats to Alison Campbell!! This fall she will be teaching 5th-8th grade orchestra in Dexter, MI!

Mike Clemente accepts position in Winter Park, FL

Congrats to Mike Clemente!! This fall he will be the assistant band director at Winter Park (FL) High School!

Gina Yi accepts position at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; joins fellow Spartan Daniel Tembras on music faculty

Congrats to Gina Yi!! This fall she will be assistant professor of music education at Indiana U-Purdue U Fort Wayne!

Dan Miner accepts position in AZ

Congrats to Dan Miner!! This fall he will be director of bands and choirs at San Manuel Jr/Sr High School in San Manuel, AZ!

Matt Nix accepts position in Farmington, MI, returns to the Mitten!

Congrats to Matt Nix, the new Orchestra Teacher/Director at North Farmington High School in Farmington, MI!

Brianna Fernandez accepts position in Houston, TX

Congrats to Brianna Fernandez! This fall, she will be teaching 7th-8th grade choir in Crosby, Texas, right outside of Houston!

Ryan Fountain accepts position in Houston, TX

Congrats to Ryan Fountain! Next fall he's teaching Elem Genrl Mus @ Mae Smythe Elementary in Pasadena, TX; PreK-4 & 3/4 choir!

Sara Brunnschweiler accepts position in Denver, CO

Congrats to Sara Brunnschweiler! Next fall she'll be an Elementary music teacher at Asbury Elementary in Denver, teaching K-5.

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