AIME Conference

2021 | Overcoming Obstacles

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Cost: $12 Adult/Faculty/Staff 
$7 Student

 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Elizabeth Bucura

Dr. Elizabeth Bucura

Assistant Professor of Music Pedagogy,
University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria 


Dr. Elizabeth Bucura is Assistant Professor of Music Pedagogy at Kunstuniversität Graz in Graz, Austria. There, she teaches graduate coursework and advises graduate research, as well as coordinates Meet4Music, integrating participatory music experiences connecting university and community members. Previously she was Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Bucura has investigated music teacher identity, creative approaches to secondary general music, and community music participation. She was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation by the Council for Research in Music Education. Bucura formerly taught general music with grades preK-8 in Maine public and private schools, and has taught many piano students in Maine, Arizona, and Austria. Bucura has shared research and workshops at conferences and events internationally. Her work is included in peer reviewed publications, such as the Oxford Handbook of Music Teacher Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Teaching Artist Journal, and General Music Today.


Dr. Brian Baldauff is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he directs the percussion ensemble, teaches applied lessons and percussion fundamentals courses. He also teaches courses in music history and serves as director of the Computer Music Center. Actively performing solo and chamber music, Brian can be heard on the recent release (2019) by The John Psathas Percussion Project (JP3) Volume 1 and the critically acclaimed compilation album flux issued by the Society of Composers, Inc (2019). His debut solo album, Canyon was released to positive reviews in 2018. As an advocate for high-quality percussion education in schools, he has presented sessions at music education conferences in several states. Brian holds the Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University, Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.  

Josh Barker
 is a High School Choir, Musical Director, and Music Theory Teacher at Wautoma High School, and is currently finishing his Masters Program at UWSP. After getting his license in Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Education he spent time teaching in private Dance and Music Studios, working as a Church Music/Choral Director, Director of a Mens Barbershop Society Chapter, and has also taught K-8th grade general music/band and choir on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in SD. 

Dr. Adrian D. Barnes is an Assistant Professor, and coordinator of Music Education at Rowan University. He began his teaching career in a Title I school in Bradenton, Florida (grades 6-8) as a band and orchestra director. While in Florida, he served as an assistant director of marching band at Southeast High School working specifically with drum-line, and front ensemble. Dr. Barnes has worked closely with students from historically marginalized communities, as well as students with special needs. Upon attending Texas Tech University, Dr. Barnes served as an instructor of record, an instructor for the Texas Tech University String Project, and as a research assistant on a Promise Neighborhood grant given to Texas Tech University by the U.S. Department of education for the purposes of establishing better relationships, and providing social capital to African American/Blacks and Latinos of Mexican-origin within the historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar Neighborhood, a historically marginalized section of East Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Barnes research is grounded in social justice, equity and access and seeks to remedy the underrepresentation of Black and Latinx students in 4-year institutions of higher education (IHE). 

Adrienne Bedell is a current PhD Student in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University specializing in public policy. Adrienne's music education career began in New York City where she taught instrumental lessons and music technology courses for local nonprofit programs based in the city that provided art and music education to children and teens within homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies. Her research interests include trauma-informed and asset-informed pedagogy, music education policy and reform, in addition to informal learning opportunities within school systems and nonprofit organizations. 

Dr. Myles Boothroyd teaches as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Very Young Composers program. He was formerly the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. Boothroyd holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Saxophone), a Master of Music degree (Saxophone), and a Master of Arts degree (Music Theory Pedagogy) from the Eastman School of Music. He is a sought-after artist, clinician, and educator in the classical and jazz communities, providing numerous annual clinics at universities and public schools each year. He serves as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of saxophone literature, performance, and pedagogy. His publications include articles for Nota Bene and The Eastman Case Studies, and recent conference presentations include the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference and the NAfME Collegiate Summit at UWSP. 

Mary Boston graduated from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelors of Music Education (K-12) in both general and choral music, as well as an Adaptive Music certificate. I am from the Twin Cities and will be teaching elementary music in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Rachel Brashier is the Director of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she teaches music methods courses, graduate seminars focused on critical pedagogy and social justice in music education, and advises graduate research. Brashier taught K-12 music in the Chicago area for 12 years, and holds Masters degrees in Musicology from Southern Illinois University and in Ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music, where she also completed her PhD in Music Education. Brashier is currently doing research in the areas of music teacher identity development, informal music learning, and embodied musiking in communities of praxis. Dr. Brashier was awarded the T. Temple Tuttle Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology), and in addition to her dissertation Identity Politics and Politics of Identity: A Semiotic Approach to the Negotiation and Contestation of Music Teacher Identity among Early Career Music Teachers (2019), has published in ACT (2016) and Ethnomusicology Review (2014).

Dr. Michael Butler is the Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, guiding the wind bands and teaching courses in conducting and music education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Since arriving at UWSP, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been recognized twice by CBDNA as one of the finest small university wind ensembles in the nation, first in 2017 and again in 2019.     Dr. Butler is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for wind bands nationally and internationally. An advocate of new music for the wind band, he regularly commissions new works to ensure talented composers contribute to the wind repertoire. He is active as a researcher and academic writer, contributing articles to music educator journals and the GIA Series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band." 

Dr. Anna Cromwell is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She has been on faculty at Eastern Illinois University, Western Kentucky University, Minnesota State University, Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute, and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival. As an avid teacher and lecturer, Dr. Cromwell has given numerous presentations at the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the American String Teachers Association National Conference, and the Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana Music Educators State Conferences. Cromwell can be heard performing on several Albany CDs featuring new music by living composers. In addition, Dr. Cromwell is a reviewer for the American String Teacher, and her articles have appeared in the NCASTA online journal and the Illinois ASTA journal.   
Brian Cyr is from Weston, Wisconsin and received a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education and Percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2020. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Music Education from UWSP where he is the Graduate Music Education Teaching Assistant. Brian also teaches private percussion lessons through Noteworthy Music Studio in Stevens Point. During his time as an undergraduate student, Brian was active in performance ensembles including conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Campus Band. He has performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Area Community Theatre, and Wausau Community theatre. Brian has been teaching percussion lessons for over three years and has served as the percussion coach for the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program. 

Dennis Giotta is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and is a music teacher in Apple Creek, OH where he teaches band, music technology, and songwriting. Dennis completed degrees at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dennis' research interests include: Non-traditional music offerings, informal learning practices, and critical examination of the curriculum. 

Dr. Lois Veenhoven Guderian is Professor and Music Education Coordinator Emeritus, UW-Superior, composer, author, clinician, program designer. Lois has worked tirelessly throughout her career to develop innovative, effective ways to engage all children, youth and adults – in any given setting – in enjoyable music education. Her efforts have resulted in new models of arts education, teacher preparation, and international programs. Awards and service include fellowships from Northwestern University (Evanston) and UWS, the UWS AS-L Award in 2012, WMEA Research Chair, ISMTA Voice Chair, Vice President Chicago Composers Forum, NAfME National Adjudicator in Composition. Throughout her life, Lois has served churches as an organist/pianist, choral director, educator, program designer and composer. Internationally published, Lois has composed hundreds of songs, choral works, musicals, instrumental pieces for children, youth and adults and authored articles and textbooks for music education. Publishers include: NAfME-Rowman and Littlefield; Sage, Oxford University Press; Corwin Press; NAC North America & International. 

Aileen Huizinga is currently finishing out her master's degree in music education with a Piano Pedagogy emphasis from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's in Piano Pedagogy obtained from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She's taught piano lessons for five years to ages ranging from 4 to 70 years old. Since 2018, Aileen had the privilege of teaching at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua, WI. While there she taught 10 private students, administered scheduling for the center, and accompanied both the local community choir and Lakeland Union High School solo and ensemble students. Aileen is also an active church pianist and lover of all things handbells. 

Veronica Ludin is a UWEC graduate with a bachelors in Music Education - Choral and General. She just finished her student teaching experience which included Chetek Middle/High School and most recently Hillcrest Elementary. She is passionate about making technology and music intertwined to create authentic learning in all grade levels. 

Dr. Andrea McGraw Hunt has practiced music therapy since 1997 with clients in various settings, including skilled nursing, inpatient psychiatric, and residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, in addition to private practice in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Dr. Hunt has presented both nationally and internationally on her research and clinical practice, particularly on the topics of neurophenomenology and the interface of the neuroscience and music therapy fields. Her research focuses on the use of electroencephalogram (EEG) in live music therapy experiences, particularly addressing mental health needs. Her interests also include exploring the role of community music therapy in social justice movements in the US. She is a founding member of Mandala, an interfaith devotional music ensemble, which performs in the Philadelphia region and across the country. Outside of music therapy she enjoys doing gymnastics and flying trapeze, gardening, and traveling with her family. 

Dr. Patrick Lawrence, Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, maintains a vibrant low brass studio and hosts the yearly UWSP Tuba Christmas Concert.  A passionate educator, he enjoys teaching students of all skill levels, elementary through college-age. He is active in educational outreach, working with students across the state in clinics and honor bands. He is the recipient of the 2013 UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to accepting a position at UWSP, he taught middle school band and orchestra in Arizona where his student groups received superior and excellent ratings at local, state and national music festivals.  Dr. Lawrence teaches two hands-on summer instrument maintenance and repair courses for students and band directors to prepare them for the inevitable wear and tear on their school instruments.   His recently published book, Solo Literature for Low Brass and Organ, is an extension of his doctoral study and is now available from A reference to over 220 solos for trombone, euphonium and tuba, it is intended to encourage interest in this rich collaboration of instruments. He has authored articles and music reviews published in the International Trombone Association Journal, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal, and Wisconsin School Musician.  An active performer, he is principal trombonist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Wausau Symphonic Band.   He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2009.  He also holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Arizona and Bachelor degrees in Secondary Music Education and Performance from The University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Dr. Sarah Manasreh is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she teaches applied lessons, clarinet ensemble, single reed methods, music theory, and aural skills. Prior to coming to UWSP, she was the clarinet professor at Alma College, the clarinet and saxophone professor at Albion College, and the instructor of clarinet and music theory at Lansing Community College. As a solo performer, Dr. Manasreh often pushes the boundaries of traditional clarinet performance – engaging in commissions, premieres, and unusual programs – most notably with pieces for clarinet and electronics.Dr. Manasreh completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University as Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr's last doctoral student. She earned her master's in music performance from The Royal Northern College of Music and her bachelors in music performance from Florida State University.   

Dr. Shawn Cody Miller is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he conducts three choirs and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education. Prior to his university work, Dr. Miller worked in K-12 education as Director of Choirs at Texas Christian Academy – Waco and Associate Choir Director at Milstead Middle School in Houston, Texas. He also has extensive experience in church, community, and children's choirs, and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Monteverdi Chorale, a 63-voice auditioned community choir in Stevens Point.   Dr. Miller is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician, and has presented sessions at state and regional conferences on rehearsal planning, musical interpretation, and performance practice. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College, Baylor University, and Michigan State University. 

Brenna Ohrmundt
 (UWSP '18) is currently in her second year at the school district of Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan (Lincoln Schools) where she teaches 5-12 Band, lessons, and 5/6 General Music. Ohrmundt is also a WSMA Adjudicator, freelance arranger, and private teacher. 

Allison Paetz
 is a PhD student in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and teaches music and research at Rocky River High School in Rocky River, OH. Allison holds a Masters in Music Education from Michigan State University and undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. She has taught choral and general music at the elementary and secondary level and her research interests include music teacher identity, secondary choral music education, and equity in music education. 

Tammie Delveaux Rubenzer has been a music educator for 11 years. She obtained her bachelors of music education - choral and general music degree from the University of WI - Eau Claire.  She also completed her Orff-Schulwerk levels and is currently a graduate student of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Mn.  She has experience teaching middle/high school level choral and general, as well as her current position teaching elementary music at Hillcrest Elementary school for the last 8 years.  Tammie also directs an adult church choir, has taught private lessons, and is a WSMA adjudicator.  She is an avid presenter, having presented at the WMEA state level music conference on music assessment, and most recently at the local level on Orff-Schulwerk and Music from Malawi.

Midori Samson (she/her) is the Lecturer of Bassoon at UW-Stevens Point and the 2nd bassoonist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. While she has the pleasure of performing around the world, she is happiest participating in creative projects that exemplify social justice, anti-racism, and peace; recent collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma and Youth Music Culture Guangdong (China), Artists Striving to End Poverty (India/New York), Ubumuntu Arts Festival (Rwanda), Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Project Tumugtog (Philippines). She is also finishing her doctoral degree at UW-Madison, studying bassoon and social welfare. Her dissertation suggests that musicians operationalize social work principles in order to create a more anti-oppressive classical music landscape. She brings this philosophy to her role as the Artistic Director of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group of teaching artists that host composition workshops in partnership with social impact organizations in Nairobi, Chicago, and Detroit.

Abbie Sonstegard is a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a music minor and a topical minor in therapeutic applications of music related to music therapy coursework, research, and volunteer engagement at the Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center. I began shadowing Lee Anna's music therapy and music education sessions at the JDC and was able to lead a few music education sessions for the juveniles through this university connection. Currently, I am assisting the university music education students in that course by facilitating music lessons in person with the juveniles while the university students connect virtually through the detention center's school staff computer and a large screen television or projector. I am also assisting as a university student researcher with Lee Anna and another student to develop playlists for the effects of musical mood induction on negative emotions experienced by students secondary to the pandemic. 

Michelle Yaciuk
, MM, MTA is the owner of Prelude Music and an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  She has been a private music instructor for over 20 years and an accredited music therapist for the past 13 years.  Michelle's passion and research is working in inclusive environments in early education incorporating both music education and music therapy alongside as well as business development for women. 


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