Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Heather Shouldice


Ph.D in Music Education, Michigan State University
M.M. in Music Education, University of Michigan
B.M. in Music Education, Michigan State University


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Heather Nelson Shouldice, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Eastern Michigan University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and supervises student teachers.  Prior to her appointment at EMU, Shouldice was a doctoral teaching assistant at Michigan State University, where she taught introduction to music education and elementary music methods courses.  While at MSU, she was a recipient of MSU's prestigious Excellence-in-Teaching Citation and also was awarded a Leadership Endowment Fellowship from the MSU Council of Graduate Students and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the MSU Graduate School.

Shouldice has over 10 years experience as an elementary general and early childhood music teacher.  She has presented workshops and conference sessions for music educators in numerous states—including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan—on topics such as early childhood music, effective sequencing of instruction, music literacy, improvisation, and composition in the elementary music classroom.  In addition to serving on the board of the Michigan Music Education Association, Shouldice recently was elected to the position of President-Elect of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML).  She also serves as a GIML faculty member, teaching summer certification courses on Music Learning Theory for music educators.

Shouldice’s research interests include music teacher beliefs and their relationships to teaching practice, music teacher identity development, and musical development and musical identity in young children. Her research and writing have been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Michigan Music Educator and will soon be published in Research Studies in Music Education and the GIML Audea. Shouldice has presented her research at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and the MMEA Research Symposium and recently was accepted to present at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education in September 2013.

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