Heather Nelson Shouldice, associate professor of music education, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, supervises student teachers and serves as coordinator of the music education program at EMU. She also serves as faculty advisor for EMU's collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education and directs the early childhood music program through the EMU Community Music Academy. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Shouldice 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.
Prior to arriving at EMU, Dr. Shouldice taught elementary general music in Michigan public schools for 8 years, and she continues to teach early childhood music classes, which she has been doing for over 15 years. She has presented workshops and conference sessions for music educators across the country on topics such as early childhood music, effective sequencing of instruction, music literacy, improvisation and composition in the elementary music classroom. Dr. Shouldice is currently serving as president of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and also serves as a GIML faculty member, teaching summer professional development courses on music learning theory for music educators.
Dr. 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, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, GIML Audea, Michigan Music Educator, and Antiphon: The Magazine of the Arizona Chapter American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Shouldice has presented her research at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, the Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Colloquium and the MMEA Research Symposium.