The College of Arts and Architecture

Dr. Shelly Cooper, Visiting Scholar in Music Education

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 9:00am

Free Admission

University of Arizona music education professor Shelly Cooper presents two sessions for Penn State students. Both sessions are open to the public. Cooper's visit to the University Park campus is hosted by the Penn State School of Music's Center for the Study of Music Learning and Teaching.


9:00 a.m. - 117 Music Building I

  • "Movement as a Foundational Learning Tool in General Music"

2:30 p.m. - 102 Music Building I

  • "A Research Agenda that Follows Multiple Pathways"

Dr. Shelly Cooper has been an active music educator for 30 years. As a researcher and general music specialist, she has presented at numerous local, state, and national music and general education conferences and Shelly Cooperin-service workshops.

Cooper currently serves as editor of General Music Today and is a board member of the Arizona Kod├íly Teacher's Society. Having served as Western Division Chair for the MENC History SRIG, she is the current chair-elect. Cooper also serves as the book/media review editor for the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. She was a contributing author for the 2005 Silver Burdett Ginn's Making Music series and has numerous choral arrangements published with Hal Leonard publishers. Her work is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, General Music Today, and The Mountain Lake Reader.

Cooper's research interests include music acquisition in early childhood, children as composers, and historical aspects of music education. At the University of Arizona, her teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate music education courses. She also serves as area coordinator for music education and director of the Desert Skies Symposium.