Dr. Patricia Shehan Campbell teaches courses in music education, including music for children, world music pedagogy, and sociology of music at the University of Washington where she is the Donald E. Petersen Professor of Music. She is chair of the Ethnomusicology program and holds dual appointments in Music Education and Ethnomusicology. Her interests include music in early and middle childhood, world music pedagogy, and the use of movement as a pedagogical tool. She has delivered lectures and conducted clinics across North America and in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Campbell is published widely on issues of cross-cultural music learning, children’s musical development, music methods for children, and the study of world music in K-12 schools and university courses.

Campbell’s latest work is as a member of the Board for Smithsonian Folkways and as a regular contributor to projects of the Association for Cultural Equity, including curricular design and repatriation efforts of the archived recordings of Alan Lomax.  She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures (2013) and the Global Music Series, a series of books and recordings by 25 ethnomusicologists in study of the world’s musical cultures.  She has written well over 150 books, chapters, and articles in refereed journals, including these titles: Songs in Their Heads (2010, 2nd edition), Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music (2010), Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (2010, 3rd edition), Music in Childhood (2013, 4th edition), Musician and Teacher (2008), Tunes and Grooves in Music Education (2008),Music in Cultural Context (1996), and Lessons from the World (1991).


Alejandro Jimenez has been a music educator in the Hartford Public Schools since 1974, with 22 of those years spent teaching in middle and junior high schools.  He has been a presenter at many national conferences (National Multicultural Music Symposium, National Urban Music Symposium, MENC, CMEA, CTAOSA, and others), and he has published numerous articles/chapters with such publishers and publications as:  Share the Music textbooks from McGraw Hill, World Music Press, K-8 Magazine, and Spotlight on Music by Hal Leonard Publishers.  In 2006 he was named Connecticut’s Elementary Music Teacher of the Year.



Dr. Ann C. Clements is Associate Professor of Music Education in The Pennsylvania State University School of Music. An active clinician, Dr. Clements has directed ensembles and given over a hundred presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Mexico. She has published in Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), Journal of Research in the New Zealand Performing Arts, General Music Today, The Mountain Lake Reader, and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Proceedings. She is co-author of the textbook Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music (Routledge Press) and is the editor of the book Alternative Approaches in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field (Rowman and Littlefield in association with MENC). She is a chapter editor and author to the textbook Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (eds. Andersen & Campbell, Rowan and Littlefield), and a contributing author to the Making Music series (Scott Foresman/Silver Burdett) and The Choral Cookbook (Hal Leonard). Her primary areas of interest include secondary general music, middle school/junior high choral music, music participation, popular culture and technology, and ethnomusicology, particularly within the Pacific Rim and Polynesia.

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Nick Page is a Boston-based song leader, composer, and author who is dedicated to teaching people of all ages that they are capable of great miracles through the simple yet powerful, act of singing. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Mystic Chorale. He also works extensively with children and with educators, both classroom teachers and music specialists. In 1983, he joined the 600-voice Chicago Children’s Choir as a conductor and training units director. It was in Chicago that he became involved with the worlds of black Gospel and folk, classical, and pop music from Jewish traditions, which led to a passion for choral styles from diverse cultures. He studied the South African Mbube choral style with Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; jazz and pop choral styles with Bobby McFerrin; and African-American vocal styles with Ysaye Maria Barnwell of the woman’s singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock; among others.


Michelle Grant-Murray has continued to bring forth a vast amount of expertise, diversity and advanced curriculum to the pedagogy of Dance as a vital art form at Miami Dade College. Mrs. Grant-Murray has served Dade County Public Schools, Pierce County Public School, St. Johns Community College/Florida School of the Arts, Bale de Mata, Instituto Oya as well as working within the community with various churches and civic organizations. Mrs. Grant-Murray is the Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and serves on the board of Brazz Dance Theater. Mrs. Grant-Murray has acquired an immense amount experience from working with such companies and artist as Black Door Dance Ensemble, Aluja Dance Theatre, Giovanni Luquini, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Jacobs Pillow, Katherine Dunham, Reginald Yates, Anna-Maria Forsyte, Michael Vernon, Elisio Pitta, and Clyde Morgan. Mrs. Grant-Murray is the recipient of state and local grants from the Pierce County Cultural Affairs Council, Tiger Tail Productions and Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council. Mrs. Grant-Murray’s primary research concentration incorporates technical styles of dance movement fused with African Diaspora Movement as a formal foundation to the pedagogy of dance.


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Clifford Sutton is a percussionist with a diverse background as a performer, educator, and scholar. Since 2009, he has devoted himself to the study and promotion of the candombe drumming of Uruguay. As the recipient of a 2011-12 Fulbright Student Scholar grant in ethnomusicology, Clifford had an opportunity to live for nine months in Uruguay, where he immersed himself in the music and traditions of this vibrant cultural form. In 2012, he presented his research at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, and Society for Music Theory. In November 2013, he will give a clinic on candombe drumming at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. Clifford earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and holds degrees in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of Music Performance and Education with the S. E. Wimberly Library at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


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Dr. Deborah Schwartz-Kates is associate professor and chair of the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Her research focuses on contemporary Latin American music, ethnomusicology, national identity, and film music. Professor Schwartz-Kates has recently been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Professor Schwartz-Kates is under contract for two books—Revealing Screens: The Film Music of Alberto Ginastera (Oxford University Press) and Alberto Ginastera: A Guide to Research (Routledge Press). She authored the article on Alberto Ginastera for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and contributed the chapter on Argentina for a textbook on Latin American music published by W. W. Norton. Her work has appeared in the Musical Quarterly, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Yearbook for Traditional Music, Latin American Music Review and ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal.



Dr. Carlos Abril is associate professor and director of undergraduate music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches courses in cultural diversity in music education, music in childhood, philosophy, and general music methods. He was previously associate professor and coordinator of music education at Northwestern University. He has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences, including the National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, and the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Abril has taught Orff Levels courses and presented for Orff chapters around the country. His work is published in books and journals including: Music Educators Journal, Orff Echo, Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, and General Music Today. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Orff Echo, Journal of Research in Music Education and Ensenar Musica (Argentina).

He co-edited the book, Musical Experience in Our Lives (Rowman & Littlefield) and is working on a book on music pedagogy that will be published with Oxford University Press. His music arrangements and instructional materials of Cuban folk music are published by World Music Press and found in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, Spotlight on Music.