Jill Reese is assistant professor of music education at The State University of New
York at Fredonia. Undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches include general music
methods, early childhood music, history and philosophy of music education, and research
methods. She has established partnerships with childcare and preschool programs in
the area that benefit students at Fredonia and children in the community.
She is published in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, International
Journal of Music Education: Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal
of Music Teacher Education, and Music Educators Journal. Research presentations include
state, regional, national, and international conferences: NAfME, AERA, SMTE, Suncoast
Music Education Research Symposium, New Directions in Music Education, College Music
Society Conference, International Association for the Study of Child Language, Early
Childhood Music and Movement Association, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, and
American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
In addition, she has presented best practice sessions on topics including creativity
(improvisation and composition), early childhood music development, music literacy,
classroom management, and innovative practices in general music (e.g., iPads and ukuleles)
at regional, state, and national conferences.
Awards and grants include the Innovative Instruction Awards, the Professional Development
Award for Teaching and Learning, the UUP Individual Development Award, and a SUNY-wide Innovative Instructional Technology Grant.
Her research interests include creativity and improvisation, early childhood music
development, professional learning communities, and technology use for teaching and
She holds degrees in Music Education from Temple University, the University of Michigan,
and Michigan State University, and taught vocal/general music in the public schools
of Michigan, and early childhood music in Michigan and Pennsylvania.