Erica Desaulniers

Erica Desaulniers
PhD Student (2nd year)

MME Music Education-SUNY Fredonia
BM Music Education-SUNY Fredonia

Areas of interest
Music fandom culture and its implications for music education
Diversity and inclusivity in America’s string programs

Erica is a second year PhD Music Education student.  She originally hails from Upstate New York and earned both her BM and MME at SUNY Fredonia.  She has experience teaching middle school choir, general music and orchestra in both independent and public schools in Buffalo, New York and Houston, Texas.  Erica worked as a music director at the American School of Madrid in Madrid where she taught courses in middle and high school instrumental music as well as the music component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  While in Europe, Erica was an active member of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) and the European League of Middle Level Educators (ELMLE). She has presented at conferences in Vienna, Paris and Rome.  Upon leaving Madrid, Erica was offered a position as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at SUNY Fredonia where she taught courses in Instrumental Rehearsal and Teaching Methods, String Pedagogy and Foundations of Music Education.  Prior to arriving at Northwestern, Erica was the Department Chair of Fine Arts at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL.  During her tenure there, she led the department in curriculum and instruction and also taught Orchestra, AP Music Theory and IB Music.  Erica has presented at multiple conferences including the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, Suncoast Research Symposium, and the Instrumental Music Teacher Conference.  Erica’s research interests include music fandom culture and its implication for music education and diversity and inclusivity in America’s string programs.

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