MEd School Leadership-Olivet Nazarene University
MM Music Education-Northern Illinois University
BME Music Education/BA English Education-Illinois State University
Areas of Interest:
Development of musical independence in the instrumental large ensemble
Relationship between music and literacy, focused on content and disciplinary literacy
Brian N. Weidner is a fourth year PhD student in the Music Education program at the Bienen School of Music. He holds a BME Music Education and BA English Education from Illinois State University, as well as an MM Music Education from Northern Illinois University, and an MS School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Prior to his studies at Northwestern, he taught for 12 years at McHenry High School, serving as Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor. He has had articles accepted for publication in MEJ, BCRME, and the Illinois Music Educator and co-authored a chapter in The Music and Literacy Connection. He has presented at CMS, SMTE, NAfME, RIME, Suncoast, and the Illinois MEC. His academic interests include investigating the development of independent musicianship in large ensemble settings and the relationships between music and literacy.
Weidner, B. N. (in press). Achieving greater musical independence in ensembles through cognitive apprenticeship. Music Educators Journal.
Weidner, B. N. (in press). Content-area literacy in the ensemble classroom: The Before-During-After (B-D-A) instructional framework.
Hansen, D. & Weidner, B. N. (2014). Literacy connections for secondary students. In D. Hansen, E. Bernstorf, & G. M. Stuber. The Music & Literacy Connection. (2nd edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub.
Weidner, B.N. (2013). Supporting common core reading literacy in the music performance classroom. Illinois Music Educator,73(3), 55-59.
Bridging the literacy gap: Defining disciplinary literacy in music. Symposium for Music Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN, September 2017. (Poster)
Defining and teaching for musical independence in the instrumental large ensemble. International Conference for Research in Music Education, Bath, UK, April 2017. (Paper)
“It’s OK to fail”: Failure as learning in the music ensemble. Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, Tampa, FL, February 2017. (Lightning Talk)
Defining musical independence in the large ensemble classroom. Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, Tampa, FL, February 2017. (Poster)
Integrating literacy strategies into pre-service music education. College Music Society National Conference, Santa Fe, NM & Illinois Music Education Conference, Peoria, IL, October 2016/January 2017. (Paper)
Using literacy strategies in the music classroom. Illinois Music Education Conference. Peoria, IL, January 2017. (Clinic)
Teachers’ views of effective practice in the instrumental ensemble. National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 with S. M. Demorest. (Poster)
The 1965 and 1973 Seminars on Comprehensive Musicianship: Their relevance as a foundation for music in higher education. College Music Society National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 2015 with B. J. Dobroski, L. K. Sindberg, & D. G. Woods. (Paper)
Developing independent musicianship in the ensemble classroom. College Music Society National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 2015. (Paper)
Musical independence in a high school music ensemble. Society for Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, NC, September 2015. (Poster)
Putting literacy to work: Literacy strategies in the music performance classroom. Illinois Music Education Conference, Peoria, I, January 2015. (Clinic)
Do’s and don’ts of social media in the music classroom for novice teachers. Illinois Music Education Conference, Peoria, IL, January 2015 with J. Berglin. (Clinic)
Doing the write thing: Supporting literacy in the performance classroom. Illinois Music Educators Association State Conference, Peoria, IL, January 2012. (Clinic)
It’s us with (not vs.) them: Fostering relationships between administration and music. Illinois Music Educators Association State Conference, Peoria, IL, January 2011 with G. Swinney. (Clinic)
Online learning communities. Music Educators National Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2002 with K. McCord. (Clinic)