Young Winds

Young Winds

Faculty & Instructors


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Miksza

Peter Miksza is an associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses with emphases on instrumental music teacher preparation, psychological dimensions of music teaching and learning, assessment, and research methods. He regularly presents papers at regional, national, and international research conferences and has articles and book chapters published in many prominent peer-reviewed publications, such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Contributions to Music Education, Music Education Research International, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Miksza serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and on the Advisory Committee of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He is also an active participant in the Society for Music Teacher Education and has served as a reviewer for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group. Miksza was a recipient of the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award issued by the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Miksza served as band director at Pequannock Valley Middle School, assistant marching band director at Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey, and assistant professor of music education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Miksza received a Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey, and Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from IU.

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Program Coordinator: Ms. Jen Christensen 

Jennifer Christensen graduated from Florida State University’s College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida with a bachelor’s in Music Education. While in college she was very active in Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women, was Head Student Coordinator of the College of Music Board of Advisors program and was in the university’s marching band, the Marching Chiefs, for two years. 

After her undergraduate degree, she worked at the Northeast Florida Conservatory teaching private saxophone lessons and general music in several different music programs around Jacksonville, Florida as part of the non-profit organization "Laura's Friends." Additionally, she worked with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as a Marketing and Development Fellow and taught in a Kindermusik Studio. She then taught concert/marching band, choir, keyboard, guitar, and string ensemble at a public high school for one year before teaching middle school band for one year. 

Jennifer recently completed her Master’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she was a graduate assistant for the concert and athletic bands. Her responsibilities there included assisting with marching band rehearsals, running sectionals, leading the pep band, and assisting with rehearsing and conducting the University Campus Band. She also assisted with the University’s Academy Band by observing and providing feedback to undergraduate music education instructors. 

She is currently a PhD student at IU studying Music Education where she is an Associate Instructor for the undergraduate course Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Music and the program coordinator for the Young Winds Program. Her research interests include synesthesia, music performance anxiety, mindfulness and self-care, music as treatment of memory/motor disorders, and transfer in music education. Jennifer is certified in Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 and Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS). She is an active member of several music organizations including the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity Alumnae Association. ​

Ms. Christensen's email address is christje@iu.edu 

Instrumental Teachers

The primary teachers of the Young Winds program are music education undergraduate students at Indiana University.  Each of these teachers is a specialist on his or her instrument.  These teachers are young, enthusiastic and excited about working with kids. 

Cooperating Bloomington Area Public School Teachers

Mr. Joe Donnelley of Jackson Creek Middle School, Mr. Michael Ahearn of Tri-North Middle School, Mr. Joel Brainard and Mrs. Erin Thompson of Batchelor Middle School, Mr. Stephen Lucaites of St. Charles Catholic School, Ms. Amy Smith of Brown County Middle School, Mr. Curt Koehler, and Mr. August Merback of Bedford Middle School.