Dr. Patricia A. St.John




Patricia A. St. John, CSJ, is the Founder and Executive Director of Carondelet Music Center (est. 1992), an independent music school located in Latham, NY and sponsored by The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Center boasts an enrollement of more than 200 students ranging in age from 3 months old to 88 years young. Patricia is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Patricia received her doctorate in Music and Music Education, specializing in Early Childhood Music from Teachers College in 2004. She holds an MA in Musicology from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), a B.S. in Music Education and a certificate in Piano Pedagogy from the College of St. Rose (Albany, NY). Dr St. John’s scholarship is shaped by complementary perspectives as music practitioner, performer (pianist), and researcher.


Over 30 years teaching experience across various age groups and in diverse contexts inform her research. Using a multi-dimensional lens, including flow experience, Vygotskian theory, and Cultural-historical Activity Theory, Patricia focuses on early childhood music-making, the social dimensions of musical experience, scaffolding strategies, and the community of learners. She has presented her research in regional, national, and international venues including NYSSMA, MENC, ISME, ICMPC, SEMPRE, RIME, and AERA. Book chapters are included in Vygotsky and Creativity (2010), Critical issues in Music Education (2010), and Listen to Their Voices (2007) and her work has been published in such journals as Psychology of Music, Early Childhood Connections, The Mountain Lake Reader, and Early Child Development and Care.

Dr. Chee-Hoo Lum 



Chee-Hoo Lum is assistant professor in music education with the Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also the Head of UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), part of a region-wide network of Observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Action Plan. Chee-Hoo teaches courses primarily related to research in music education and primary music education.

His research interests include children's musical cultures and their shifting musical identities; the use of media and technology by children, in families, and in pedagogy; creativity and improvisation in children's music; elementary music methods and world musics in education. Chee-Hoo is currently an associate editor with IJEA (International Journal of Education and the Arts) and a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Community Music. He has published an edited book, school textbooks, instructional web manual, book chapters, journal articles and made numerous conference presentations at local and international settings

Dr. José Retra 



José Retra received her PhD in Education, specialising in Early Childhood Music Education from the University of Exeter (UK) in 2010. She holds an MA in Psychology for Musicians from the University of Sheffield (UK), a Bachelor in general pedagogy (Nijmegen, NL) and a B.Mus. in piano from the conservatory of Arnhem (NL). She has presented her research at international conferences. Her research interests are music educational and music compositional aspects of concerts for children 0 - 4, musical movement representation and symbolic representation of music. She formed a research group with early childhood music educators to engage in joint research connected to practice and research coming out of practice, resulting in workable outcomes for practice.

Active as an early childhood music education specialist she teaches children 4 months to 4 years at the Art centre in Woerden and is the co-founder of the Preschool Music Education centre in Amsterdam. She frequently gives workshops and lectures on different subjects in early childhood music education. As a composer she has written concert music, music for film and tv, and music specially for the under-fours.

Dr. Suzanne Burton 



Suzanne L. Burton is professor of music education, director of graduate studies, and coordinator of music education at the University of Delaware. Burton specializes in music teacher preparation in authentic contexts, early childhood and K-12 general music, and is on the certification faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Her research interests are music acquisition and the development of music literacy, school-university partnerships, international partnerships, and effective professional development. Dr. Burton is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Visions of Research in Music Education, is widely published in professional journals, and has contributed book chapters toApplications of Music Learning Theory, Collaborative Action for Change: Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on Music Teacher Education and the international compilation, Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education. She is lead editor and contributor to Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music book, and editor and contributor for the book Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Middle School General Music. Dr. Burton is a recipient of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Jessie Ball DuPont Educator Award, and is the immediate past chair of the NAfME Collegiate Council and the NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group. She is chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the College Music Society. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Burton also advises the UD Community Music School Early Childhood Music for Young Minds program and teaches K-8 general music in a local school.

Dr. Jessica Pérez-Moreno 



Dr. Jessica Pérez-Moreno is a lecturer in early childhood music education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University College London. She received her PhD in Music Didactics from UAB in 2011. She holds a B.Mus. in guitar from the Higher Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona, a Bachelors in Music Education from UAB (with First Class Honours), and a Masters in Musicology from the same university.

Her research interests include children's daily musical activities, songs and music for nursery/home transition, the use of media and technology by children, early musical communication and musical play (specially lap games). She is a member of the editorial board for the Revista Internacional de Educación Musical and the Revista Complutense de Educación Musical. She regularly presents her research in national and international conferences and publishes articles in academic and professional journals. Jessica has also edited a handbook (together with Dr. Gluschankof), written school textbooks and book chapters.

Dr. Claudia Gluschankof 



Claudia Gluschankof is Senior Lecturer at Levinsky College of Education, Tel-Aviv, where besides her teaching at pregraduate and graduate level at the Early Childhood Department and Music Department, she served researcher at the R & D Authority and as Coordinator of Studies at the School of Music (2002-2008). She  holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA in Music Education from the University of London – Institute of Education. In addition to her teaching activity at kindergarten level and teacher pre-service and in-service training she served as member of and as head researcher for the Music Curriculum Committee of Israel. As the academic advisor at Beit Almusica Conservatory (Shafr-Amr, Israel), she is member of the team that develops new materials for Arabic speaking young children and preschool teachers. She served at the ISME -ECME commission (2006-2012, chairing 2008-2010), the IJME review board (2011-2017), y RIEM (2011-2016). Her research interests focus mainly on the musical expressions of young children in various cultural contexts and music teacher education. She presented in many international conferences, and her research has been published in various peer review journals and edited books.