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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 7120
Assoc Dean of Academic Personnel & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Dean of Academic Personnel & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Dean of Academic Personnel & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Dean of Academic Personnel & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Dean of Academic Personnel & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

Sandra Stauffer is Professor of Music in Music Education at Arizona State University where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. She is also Associate Dean for Academic Personnel for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. 

Sandy's research interests include creating in music, children and music, place and place philosophy, narrative inquiry, and arts-based research. Her recent publications focus on children and adolescents as creators of their own music, and the potential of place-conscious thinking in music teaching and learning. Her work includes collaborations with various educators, organizations, and musicians, including work with composer Morton Subotnick on the development of his software programs for children. She is co-author and co-editor with Margaret Barrett (University of Queensland) of two books on narrative and music:  Narrative in Music Education: Troubling Certainty (2009), and Narrative Soundings: An Anthology of Narrative Inquiry in Music Educatoin.

In addition to her work in musical creating, place, and narrative, Sandy has authored articles on music listening, general music education, and music teacher preparation.  She was a contributing author for the Music Connection textbook series, a primary author for the Silver Burdett Making Music series widely used in K-8 schools, and a contributing author for interactive MUSIC, a powered Silver Burdett and Alfred. Her work also includes materials for orchestra education programs and other community music groups, as well as collaborations with other music software developers. A general music specialist, Sandy is active as a guest lecturer in the US and abroad, and as a clinician and consultant for music education events and curriculum projects.

Sandy was the first Evelyn Smith Professor of Music (2003-2006) at ASU, and she currently serves as coordinator of graduate studies in music education. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, she was a faculty member and Coordinator of the Music Education Division at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Sandy has taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the public schools of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia. She is a graduate of West Chester University (PA) and the University of Michigan.

Education

BS in Music Education, West Chester University

MM in Music Education, University of Michigan

PhD in Music Education, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Children and music; music learning and teaching; creating in music; narrative; place and place philosophy.

 

Research Group
Publications

             Books

Barrett, M., & Stauffer, S. L. (Eds.)  (2012).   Narrative soundings: An anthology of narrative inquiry in music education. Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer.

Barrett, M., & Stauffer, S. L. (Eds). (2009).   Narrative inquiry in music education: Troubling certainty.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer.

Stauffer, S. L., & Davidson, J. (Eds).  (1996).  Teaching examples K-4.  Reston, VA:  Music Educators National Conference.

Stauffer, S. L. (Ed).  (1995).  Toward tomorrow:  New visions for general music.  Reston, VA:  Music Educators National Conference.

Kaplan, P., & Stauffer, S. L.  (1994).  Cooperative learning in music.  Reston, VA:  Music Educators National Conference.

             Book Chapters 

Stauffer, S. L.  (Publication pending).  Technology, sound, and the tuning of place. In R. Mantie & A. Ruthmann, Eds., The Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2014).  Narrative inquiry and the uses of narrative in music education research.  In C. Conway, Ed., Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (pp. 163-185). New York: Oxford University Press.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2014).  Refection on Webster’s “Creativity as Creative Thinking.” In J. W. Richmond & M. Hickey, Eds., Coming About: Retrospective Review of and Reflections on the Writings of Peter Webster (pp. 15-19).  [E-reader publication: www.peterwebster.com/pubs/ComingAbout.pdf]

Stauffer, S. L.  (2013).  Connecting narrative thinking and creative thinking in music.  In C. Randles, ed., Teaching Music Through Composition in Band/Orchestra (pp. 76-83). Chicago: GIA.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2013).  Engaging creative thinking in music through narrative thinking frames.  In C. Randles, ed., Teaching Music Through Composition in Band/Orchestra (pp. 89-105). Chicago: GIA.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2013).  Preparing to engage children in musical creating.  In Kaschub, M. & Smith, J. (Eds.), Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition, pp. 75-108.  NY: Oxford University Press.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2012).  Imagining the child. In A. J. Palmer & A. de Quadros, Eds., Tanglewood II: Summoning the Future of Music Education, pp. 209-214.  Chicago, IL: GIA.

Stauffer, S. L. (2012).  Place, music education, and the practice and pedagogy of philosophy.  In W. D. Bowman & A. L. Frega (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education, pp. 434-452.  NY: Oxford University Press

Stauffer, S. L. (2010).  Process, passion, people:  Pedagogical notes for musician-scholar-educators.  In J. Briscoe (Ed.), Vitalizing Music History Teaching, pp. 73-84.  New York: Pendragon Press. 

Stauffer, S. L. (2009).  Notes for a moment in music education research.  In M. Campbell & L. Thompson (Eds.), Research Perspectives: Thought and Practice in Music Education, pp. 151-167.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Stauffer, S. L. (2009).  Placing curriculum in music education. In T. A. Regelski & J. T.  Gates (Eds.), Music Education for Changing Times: Guiding Visions for Practice, pp. 175-186.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer.

Stauffer, S. L. (2007). Constant and change: The political and the social in shaping curriculum: A response to “The History and Development of Elementary Music Education in Canada: A Curricular Perspective” (R. Beatty). In K. Veblen & C. Beynon (Eds. with S. Horsley, U. DeAlwiss, & A. Heywood), From sea to sea: Perspectives on music education in Canada. Ebook, retrieved at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/musiceducationE-books/1/

Stauffer, S. L.  (2007).  Points of intersection and the problems of agency and place in assessment and creativity in music.   In C. C. Leung, R. L. C. Yip, & T. Imada (Eds.), Music Education Policy and Implementation:  International Perspectives.  Hirosaki University Press.

Cutietta, R. A., & Stauffer, S. L. (2005).  Listening reconsidered. In D. J. Elliott (Ed.), Praxial music education: Reflections and dialogues (pp. 123-141).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2003).  Identity and voice in young composers.  In M. Hickey, (Ed.), Why and how to teach music composition:  A new horizon for music education (pp. 91-111).  Reston, VA:  MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Stauffer, S. L. (1994).  Say yes to music electives, say no to elective music.  In J. Hinckley (Ed.), General music in the middle school.  Reston, VA:  Music Educators National Conference.

Baxter, S. G. & Stauffer, S. L.  (1988).  Music teaching:  A review of common practice.   In C. Fowler (Ed.), The Crane symposium:  Toward an understanding of the teaching and learning of performance skills (pp. 49-62).  Potsdam,  NY:  Potsdam College of the State University College of New York.    

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Conference Proceedings

Goodrich, A., Stauffer, S. L., & Bucura, E.  (Reviewed, in revision).  Multiple dimensions of peer mentoring in a university methods class.  Journal of Music Teacher Education. 

Stauffer, S. L. (2016).  Another perspective: Re-placing music education. Music Educators Journal, 102(4), 71-76.

Stauffer, S. L. (2015).  Transitions.  The Mountain Lake Reader: Conversations on the Study and Practice of Music Teaching, VI, 6-9.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2011).  Incomplete.  Action, Theory, and Criticism in Music Education, 10 (1), 86-93.  Online at: http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Stauffer10_1.pdf

Rickels, D. A. & Stauffer, S. L.  (2010).  Access, equity, and effectiveness:  Challenging the music education paradigm.  Proceedings of the 23rd International Research Seminar of the International Society for Music Education, Changchun, China, July 2010.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2009).  When children create music using technology.  The Orff Echo, 42 (1), 30-33.

Stauffer, S. L. & Robbins, J. (2009).  Description, interpretation, meaning:  Notes on Geertz and ethnography in music education research. Research Studies in Music Education, 31(1), 82-89.

Miranda, M. L., Robbins, J., & Stauffer, S. L.  (2007).  Seeing and hearing music teaching and learning:  Transforming classroom observations through ethnography and portraiture.  Research Studies in Music Education, 28, 3-21.

Stauffer, S. L. (2007).  Place, people, purpose:  Persistent and productive tensions in music and teacher education.  In Rideout, R. (Ed.)  Policies and practices:  Rethinking music teacher preparation in the 21st century [Proceedings from the Memorial Symposium Honoring the Contributions of Charles Leonhard] (pp. 77-94).  Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts.

Stauffer, S. L. (2005).  Toward mindful music education: A response to Bennett Reimer.  Philosophy of Music Education Review 13, 135-138.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2002).  Connections between music and life experiences of young composers and their compositions. Journal of Research in Music Education, 50, 301-322.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2002).  Revisiting revision in children’s composition processes.  [Abstract.]  Proceedings of the seventh international conference on music perception & cognition.  [CD-ROM].  Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2001).  Composing with computers:  Meg makes music. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 150, 1-20.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2001).  Pre-service and in-service teachers’ perceptions of children and adolescents as composers. In Y. Minami & M. Shinzanoh, (Eds.),  Proceedings of the third Asia-Pacific symposium on music education research & international symposium on Üragoeí and gender, Volume 1 (pp. 159-164).  Nagoya, Japan: Aichi Arts Center.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2001). Three days in Mississippi. The Mountain Lake Reader, 2, 44-45.

Humphreys, J. T., & Stauffer, S. L.  (2000).  An analysis of the editorial committee of the JRME, 1953-1992.  Journal of Research in Music Education, 48, 65-77.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1999).  Learning through composing.  Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 142, 92-93.   (Extended abstract.)

Stauffer, S. L.  (1999).  Getting started with assessment in elementary general music. Music Educators Journal, 86 (2), 25-30.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1999).  Reform in education:  Response to Saxe and Bracey.   In P. T. Tallarico (Ed.), Reform in education:  The Bowling Green State University symposium on music teaching and research (pp. 33-35).  Bowling Green, OH:  Bowling Green State University.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1999).  Sociological and cultural cues in the compositions of children and adolescents.  In Barrett, M. S., McPherson, G. E., and Smith, R. (Eds.), Children and music:  Developmental perspectives.  (Proceedings of the Second Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research).  Launceston, Tasmania:  University of Tasmania.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1998).  Children, computers, composition: A research collaboration. The Orff Echo, 31 (1), 41-43.

Stauffer, S. L., Achilles, E., Kujawski, K, & Watt, R.  (1998).  Preparing the caregivers:  Music in early childhood education.  Early Childhood Connections, 4(2), 20-24.

Stauffer, S. L. (1994). The Reston symposium:  The “vision” one year later.  General Music Today, 8 (1), 20-22.

Stauffer, S. L., & Saunders, T. C.  (1992). The middle school model and general music.  General Music Today, 6(1), 6-10.         

Policy Documents

Charleroy, A., Frederickson, J. A. G., Jenson, A., McKenna, S., Thomas, A.  (2012).  Child development and arts education: A review of current research and best practice.  New York, NY: The College Board, Office of Academic Initiatives.  (Contributing author.)  http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Child+Development+Research

Reviews and Columns

Stauffer, S. L. (2016). Report of the dissertation and public defense of the dissertation by Sari Muhonen: Songcrafting practice: A teacher inquiry into the potential to support collaborative creating and creative agency within school music education. Finnish Journal of Music Education.

Stauffer, S. L  (2012).  Review of Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children’s Lives, 2nd edition. [Patricia Shehan Campbell.  Oxford University Press, 2010. (307 pages).]  Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 34(1), 81-86.  

Stauffer, S. L.  (2007).  Review of International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, L. Bresler, Ed.  Research Studies in Music Education, 29, 79-81.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2006).  Review of Out of This World (Libana; CD SR006, Spinning Records).  Kodály Envoy, 34 (4), 44.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2003).  Revisiting music education research:  Review of The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning, Richard Colwell & Carol Richardson (Eds.).  Arts Education Policy Review, 104 (4), 35-37.

Stauffer, S. L. (1992-94).  From the chair.  Column appearing in General Music Today, Volumes 6 and 7.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1992).  The risks of stress. (Research to Practice column.)  General Music Today, 5(2), 23-25.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1991).  Practicing practices. (Research to Practice column.)  General Music Today, 5(1), 32-34.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1991).  Building bridges between research and the classroom. (Research to Practice column.) General Music Today, 4(3), 27-29.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1988-1990).  Maryland research.  Maryland Music Educator, Volumes 34-36.  (A two-page feature that appeared in each quarterly issue.)

Saunders, T. C. & Stauffer, S. L.  (1990). Musical discrimination training in instrumental music.  Maryland Music Educator, 36(3), 34-37.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1989). Musical preferences.  Maryland Music Educator, 36 (2), 20-23.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1989). Teacher intensity.  Maryland Music Educator, 36 (1), 24-25.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1988).  Vocal health--it's not just for singers.  Maryland Music Educator, 34 (3), 26-27.    Reprinted (1993) in the Maine School Music News, 57 (4), 28-29.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Stauffer, S. L. (2005).  Thinking about composition.  Arizona Music News, 49 (2), 41-43.

Stauffer, S. L.  (2001).  Preface.  In Niebur, L., Incorporating assessment and the national standards in music education into everyday teaching. New York:  Mellen Press.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1995).  Composing a career as a university faculty member.  In N. Gutierrez (Ed.), Faculty Roles at a Research Institution.  Tempe, AZ:  Arizona State University, Arizona Board of Regents.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1992). Cooperative learning in music. Arizona Music News, 36(2), 12, 14, 21, 27.    

Saunders, T. C. & Stauffer, S. L.  (1989).  Music education in the state of Maryland: General and choral music survey results.  Maryland Music Educator, 35 (4), 25-33.

Saunders, T. C. & Stauffer, S. L.  (1989).  Music education in the state of Maryland:  Instrumental music survey results.  Maryland Music Educator, 35 (3), 18-24.

Saunders, T. C. & Stauffer, S. L.  (1988).  Music education in the state of Maryland:  General information survey results.  Maryland Music Educator, 35 (2), 27-31.

Stauffer, S. L.  (1986).  Confessions of an eclectic. The Tennessee Musician, 39 (2), 22-23.  Reprinted (1987) in the Maine Music Educators Bulletin, 25 (3), 20-21. 

 

Research Activity

Funded Grant Proposals, External

Thompson, J. (P.I.); Mantie, R.; Schmidt, M.; Stauffer, S.; Sullivan, J.; Tobias, E.  (2016-2018). Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion through music learning and teaching. National Association for Music Education, $10,000.

Gould, E. (P.I.). Living with Tenure: Gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity in Canadian post-secondary music. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Toronto. 2013-2015.  Stauffer, S. L, Contractor. Narrative study of Canadian faculty, with funding for ASU graduate student Isaac Bickmore.  $3200.

Turchi, L. (P.I.). Teaching Foundations Project, Arizona State University, 2010-13.  Stauffer, S. L., Contractor, co-leader of the Arts Consortium for grant through the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU.  Total TFP $900,000.  Stauffer: $12,000.

Stauffer, S. L. (P.I.); Bush, J., & Schmidt,  M., ASU School of Music; & Barrett, M., University of Queensland. (2007-2008). The outcomes and values of an effective K-12 music program. National Association of Music Merchants, Sounds of Learning, $64,009.

Stauffer, S. L. (P.I.) & Reber, M, Arizona Opera. (1997-1998). Opera in the schools:  A collaborative education project. Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, $4,000.

Stauffer, S. L. (P.I.) & Rippentrop, D. (1995-1996). A comparison of students' creative thinking processes and music compositions produced in two different conditions.  Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, $3,000 (plus $500 matching grant funds from both the Scottsdale School District and the Arizona State University College of Fine Arts).

Stauffer, S. L. (P.I.) & Hoshel K., Tempe Elementary School District. (1994-1995). The effects of assessment on the musical attitudes and abilities of elementary students. Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, $2,000.

Saunders, T. C. & Stauffer, S. L. (Co-P.Is.). (1988). The status of music education in Maryland public schools. Maryland Music Educators Association, $300.

Funded Grant Proposals, Internal

Stauffer, S. L, & Bledson, R. (2015-2016). Designing music E-textiles with young children. Herberger Institute Research Council Seed Grant, $3,500.

Tobias, E.S., Paine, G., & Stauffer, S. (2014-2015). Music and media makerspaces. Herberger Institute Research Council Seed Grant, $12,000

Stauffer, S. L. (PI). (1999-200). The influence of age, composing experience, and sociocultural background in the compositions of children and adolescents. College of Fine Arts Research Council, $4,600.

Stauffer, S. L. with Morton Subotnick, composer. (1995-1996). An investigation of children's compositions and musical thinking processes through the development of interactive CD-ROM composition programs. Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, $21,000. 

Stauffer, S. L. with Morton Subotnick, composer. (1994-1995). An investigation of children's compositions and musical thinking processes through the development of interactive CD-ROM composition programs. Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, $9,710.   Reports of the project appeared in:

1 - Svetlik, J. (1995). Rhapsody in ROM. ASU Research, 10 (1), 14-17.

2 - Arizona Board of Regents. (November, 1995). Reports and Discussions, Executive Summary.

3 - Britton, S. (Ed.).  Subontick and Stauffer test Making Music. Create (May,

            1995). Arizona State University: Institute for Studies in the Arts.

Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 594Conference and Workshop
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 551Listening and Creating
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUE 756Qual Research Music Teaching
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
MSI 601Cont Topics in Music Research
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 551Listening and Creating
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 101ASU School of Music Experience
MUE 101ASU School of Music Experience
MUE 394Special Topics
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 591Seminar
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 756Qual Research Music Teaching
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 101ASU School of Music Experience
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 101ASU School of Music Experience
MUE 413Art of Teaching Children Music
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 599Thesis
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 394Special Topics
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 756Qual Research Music Teaching
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 792Research
MUE 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 313Elementary Music Methods
MUE 548Intro to Research in Music Ed
MUE 579Psychology of Music
MUE 580Practicum
MUE 599Thesis
MUE 780Practicum
MUE 784Internship
MUE 790Reading and Conference
MUE 791Seminar
MUE 799Dissertation