Kerry Filsinger is a University Fellow and Ph.D. student in music education at Temple University, and holds a B.M. in both harp performance and music education, and an M.M. in music education from the Eastman School of Music. She is also a 2012 Presser Music Award recipient. Kerry taught pre-kindergarten through fifth grade music for six years in the Western New York area where she prioritized creativity and improvisation in music curricula. Additionally, she has taught through the Early Childhood Music Foundations program at Temple University and the Early Childhood Music program at the Eastman School of Music. Kerry is an active researcher, conference presenter, and clinician, at the state, national, and international levels. She has presented at ISME, NAfME, SMTE, MENC Eastern, NYSSMA, PMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, and the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. Recently, she also served as a music clinician in China. Her research interests include the role of environment in music learning, creativity, improvisation, and music literacy in early childhood and elementary music settings.