The research of Ph.D. music education student Daniel J. Shevock was recently highlighted in PMEA News. In an article by Alison Reynolds titled Learning By Doing: Musician, Teacher, Student, Researcher, Reynolds stated that she invited Dan to share his research "to continue building on the theme of ways teaching, learning, performing, and researching intersect."
Dan is a jazz vibraphonist and drummer. He taught elementary instrumental music and general music in the Pittsburgh public schools and the Harford County schools in Bel Air, Maryland. His research interests include confidence in music improvisation, critical theory, and arts integration.
Reynolds praised Shevock, writing that she "was struck by his infectious enthusiasm as he described moments that led him to and through his research, the type of phenomenological inquiry he applied to his project, and the findings from participants' descriptions that help us understand experiences from confident music improvisers."
Dan has presented his research regarding confidence in music improvisation at numerous conferences. He and a research colleague will be presenting Confidence to Teach Music Among Early Childhood Majors at the upcoming Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, April 18-20, in Erie.