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Dr. Sandra Howard

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Associate Professor
Music
Redfern Arts Center 202 • M-2402
603-358-2344

Degrees & Credentials: BM Music Education, University of Maine; MM Vocal Performance, University of Maine; PhD Curriculum & Instruction/Music Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professional Interests: Specializes in pre-service music teacher training, choral and general music methods, observes practicum and student teachers, conducts auditioned choral ensemble, KSC Chamber Singers. Research interests include biases in solo vocal adjudication; teacher effectiveness, reflective processes, levels of concern about teaching.

Professional Background: Conducting Fellow, UMass-Amherst Choral Conducting Institute; Previously served on faculty at Kennett Middle and Senior High Schools, Conway, NH; Granite State College, Conway, NH; Blue River Community College, Blue Springs, MO; University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City, MO. Previous director/conductor of New Vocal Collective, Conway, NH; Kansas City Children’s Choir, Kansas City, MO. Guest lecture residency Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Awards & Accolades: 2017 NHACDA Choral Director of the Year; 2016 Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents' Good Steward Award; KSC Department of Music Faculty Member of the Year; UMKC Women’s Council Outstanding Merit Award Recipient; Advisory Board Member, Music Educators Journal; Past-President, New Hampshire Music Educators Association; Treasurer, NH Chapter of American Choral Directors Association; frequent guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals.

Key Professional Work:

  • Author: Howard, S. (2016). Current Audition Formats for Honors Choral Ensembles: A National Survey. Teaching Music, 23(4), 26-28.

  • Co-Author: Howard, S. & Seaver, K. (2013). Music educators’ self-perceptions of interpersonal skills: An exploratory study. UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, 32(1), 18-24. doi: 10.1177/8755123313502343

  • Author: Howard, S. (2012). The effect of selected nonmusical factors on adjudicators’ ratings of high school solo vocal performances. Journal of Research in Music Education. 60, 166-185. doi: 10.1177/0022429412444610

  • Author: Howard, S. (2012). The musician’s breath: The role of breathing in human expression – book and DVD review. Choral Journal, 52(11), 64-65.

  • Author: Howard, S. (2011). The effect of memorized versus non-memorized on evaluation of solo vocal performances. Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, 48, 28-41.

  • Co-Author: Howard, S., Abodeely, M., Duyon, H., Heeran, B., Ryder, A., & White, M. (2010). From theory to practice: Pre-service music educators’ perspectives on a general music practicum experience. New Hampshire Quarter Notes, 62, 21-22.

  • Author: Howard, S. (2009). The effect of selected nonmusical factors on adjudicators’ ratings of high school solo vocal performance (abstract only) (Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2009). Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, 46, 76.

  • Author: Howard, S. (2007). Women as researchers: Publications in the Journal of Research in Music Education, a continued study from 1995–2005. Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, 44, 45–56.

  • Author: Howard, S. (2004). Members speak out: What motivated you to become a music teacher? Teaching Music, 12, 77-78.

  • Author: Howard, S. (1998). Speaking up in the music classroom. Teaching Music, 6, 36-38.

Personal: Married, one son, loves the outdoors and rafting.


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Upcoming Events

September 05, 2017 (Tuesday)
Recruitment, Retention & Reinvention - the Three "R’s" of a successful music program
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. • Room 101, Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way, , 03451
Artistic Expression with the Middle School Band
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. • Room 101, Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way, , 03451
September 24, 2017 (Sunday)
Faculty Artist Recital: José Lezcano
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall

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Don Baldini Slideshow

If you are interested in the slideshow from the intermission at the Jazz Ensemble concert, it can be viewed by following this link: https://vimeo.com/193764231