FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointments of Amanda Draper and Brian Shaw to its Department of Music Education faculty, effective Aug. 1. Each has been appointed assistant professor of music in music education.
Draper is currently a member of the music education faculty in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and Shaw is visiting assistant professor of music in music education at Jacobs.
“We are so pleased to welcome Drs. Draper and Shaw to our faculty, and I am very proud to know that these two outstanding educators have chosen to make the Jacobs School their professional home,” said Jeremy Allen, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean (Interim). “Our world-class Music Education Department is further strengthened by the unique skill and experience each of them brings.”
Draper’s academic interests include investigating musical experiences for diverse learners with a focus on music and autism research, disability studies in music and teacher preparation for special music education.
She has presented regionally, nationally and internationally, and has articles published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Music Educators Journal.
A general music specialist, Draper previously taught elementary and middle school general music for 10 years, most recently for Chicago Public Schools.
Draper earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University.
“The Music Education Department is thrilled to welcome Dr. Draper to the Jacobs School of Music,” said Brent Gault, chair of the department. “She brings a unique profile of teaching experiences and research interests that will enrich our students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.”
Prior to his appointment at IU, Shaw was a member of the music education faculty at The Ohio State University for five years and an award-winning music teacher and administrator in Indiana and Illinois.
Shaw’s areas of interest include assessment and grading practices, instructional design, social psychology, quantitative research methodologies and education policy. He is the author of the book “Music Assessment for Better Ensembles,” an assessment and grading resource published by Oxford University Press.
Shaw has presented at the Midwest Clinic, National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, and National In-Service Conference, among other venues.
“While Dr. Shaw has been a part of our department in a visiting capacity, his appointment to a tenure-track position will allow our students the continued benefit of his wonderful teaching, scholarship and mentorship,” said Gault. “We are excited about the ways both of these appointments will help our department as we move forward.”