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Music Faculty Spotlight


Colleen Conway is the horn instructor and music education instructor at Adrian College. She is also Professor of Music Education at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and plays horn in the Adrian Symphony. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Conway has made recordings with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and the Penfield, NY Symphony. She was the principal horn of the Heidleburg Germany summer festival orchestra in 1987. Her scholarly interests include instrumental music education, preservice music teacher education, qualitative research, professional development for the inservice music teacher, and the mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers. She has presented at national and international conferences (including MENC, The Midwest Clinic, AERA, and ISME) and has published over 80 articles on these topics in all of the major music education journals. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Arts Education Policy Review. Books in print include: Great Beginnings for Music Teachers: A Guide to Mentoring and Induction (2003, Rowman & Littlefield); Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher with Adrian College Professor Tom Hodgman (2006, GIA); Teaching Music in Higher Education with Adrian College Professor Tom Hodgman (2009, Oxford);Handbook for the Music Mentor with Adrian College Professor Tom Hodgman (2010, GIA); Handbook of Qualitative Research in Music Education (Oxford, 2014) and Musicianship-Focused Curriculum and Assessment (2015, GIA). Her newest book, The Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States will be released by Oxford in 2017.