Dr. Jill Reese

Dr. Jill Reese
Dr. Jill Reese
Associate Professor
Area: Music Education
Mason Hall 3176
716-673-4636
jill.reese@fredonia.edu

Ph.D., Temple University

Dr. Jill Reese is associate 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 was recipient of the "College Council Award for Community Engagement" in recognition of her efforts including university-community partnerships with local preschool and child care centers, establishment of the Fredonia Ukulele Community Group and ukulele borrowing program at the local library.


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 learning.


She earned a doctoral degree in Music Education from Temple University, master's degree in music education from the University of Michigan, and undergraduate degree in music education from Michigan State University. She taught vocal/general music in the public schools of Michigan, and early childhood music in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Personal Website

Office Hours


Posted outside office and by appointment.

Teaching Interests

Elementary general music methods, secondary general music methods, early childhood music methods, technology, creativity, and qualitative and quantitative research methods in music education.

Research Interests

Early childhood music development, professional development of in-service and preservice teachers, music creativity (improvisation and composition), technology, and ukulele.

License/Certification

  • World Music Pedagogy Certification
  • Orff Schulwerk Level I
  • Elementary General Music Level II - Music Learning Theory
  • Elementary General Music Level I - Music Learning Theory

Awards and Honors

  • College Council Award for Community Engagement, 2017
  • Individual Development Award for Research and Travel, 2017
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, 2015
  • Instructional Incentive Award, 2015
  • Individual Development Award for Research and Travel, 2014
  • Instructional Incentive Award for Classroom Innovation, 2013
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, 2013
  • Professional Development Teaching Associate, 2013
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, 2012

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Assessment in the music learning theory classroom," Oxford Publishing (2019).
  • "Examining the long-term impact of participating in a professional development community of music teacher educators in the USA: An anchor through turbulent transitions. ," International Journal of Research in Music Education (2018).
  • "An exploration of interactions between virtual mentors and preservice teachers," Contributions to Music Education (2017).
  • "Musicians’ experiences in an iPad ensemble.," Journal of Music, Technology & Education (2016).
  • "Virtual mentoring of preservice teachers: Mentors' perspectives," Journal of Music Teacher Education (2016).
  • "Vocal creativity: Exploration, improvisation, and composition," Oxford Publishing (2016).
  • "Mindset and music: Perspectives for music teachers," NYSSMA School Music News (2015).
  • "Field experiences using iPads: Impact of experience on preservice teachers' beliefs," Journal of Music Teacher Education (2015).
  • "Online status: Virtual field experiences and mentoring during an elementary general music methods course," Journal of Music Teacher Education (2015).
  • "Movement for musical development: Curriculum & assessment," GIA Publications (2014).
  • "Becoming music teacher educators: Learning from and with each other in a professional development community," International Journal of Music Education Research (2014).
  • "Adult identification of music behaviors demonstrate by young children," Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education (2013).
  • "Experienced music teachers’ views on the role of journal writing in the first year of teaching. ," Research Studies in Music Education (2012).

Presentations

  • Ukes, flow, and rock n' roll (2017).
  • (Trans)formation and (re)discovery: Community ukulele jams. (2017).
  • Everybody sing, say, dance, and play! (2017).
  • Mindset for musicians and teachers (2017).
  • You can uke! (2017).
  • Communitas: Ukulele and collective joy (2017).
  • Ukulele on its head: Technology and the flipped uke classroom (2016).
  • Think before you kitsch: Ukulele as an agent of change (2016).
  • You can uke! (2016).
  • An exploration of interactions between virtual mentors and mentees (2016).
  • University music students’ experiences in an iPad ensemble: A case study (2016).
  • iPads and recorder: Performing and creating (2015).
  • Mixing Methods: Pathways to Successful Learning (2015).
  • iPads for creativity (2015).
  • Vocal creativity for ALL students! (2015).
  • Examining the long-term effects of participation in a professional development community of music teacher educators (2015).
  • University musicians’ experiences in an iPad ensemble: A case study (2015).
  • iPads for Creating and Performing (2014).
  • Momma don’t ‘low no uke playin' (2014).
  • Preservice Music Teachers’ Perceptions of iPads for Creating and Performing During Field Teaching Experiences (2014).
  • iPads in a Secondary General Music Methods Class: Preservice Teachers' Perceptions (2014).
  • Stories of Early-Career Music Teacher Educators: Developing Identities and Searching for Balance (2014).
  • Virtual collaborative research: navigating time, space, and interaction (2014).
  • Virtual mentoring of preservice teachers: Mentors' perspectives (2014).
  • iPAD Ensemble: Interact, Perform, and Discover (2014).
  • Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of iPad Use in Secondary General Music Methods (2014).
  • Improvisation: It's Elementary, Dear Watson! (2014).
  • iPAD: Interact, Perform, and Discover (2014).
  • Where in the World is Secondary General Music? (2014).
  • Chains of intersubjectivity: Scaffolding music development of young children (2013).
  • Preservice teachers' perceptions of iPad use in secondary general music methods: In-progress research (2013).
  • Virtual interactions between experienced teachers and preservice teachers (2013).
  • He said, she said: Adult sensitivity to music behaviors demonstrated by young children (2013).
  • Adult identification of music behaviors demonstrated by young children (2013).
  • Steps to literacy: Reading between the lines and spaces (2013).
  • Effortless Assessment (2013).
  • Online Status: Interactions Among Preservice and Experienced Teachers During Virtual Mentoring Episodes (2013).
  • Developing creative readiness and skills for composition (2012).
  • Online status: Teacher identity transformation via virtual interactions (2012).
  • Add contact! Guided observations in music settings using Skype (2012).
  • Listen up! (2012).
  • Becoming music teacher educators (2012).
  • Adult identification of music behaviors demonstrated by young children (2012).
  • Language Acquisition and Music Acquisition Research: Similarities and Differences (2012).
  • Connecting concepts through movement (2012).
  • Teachers’ perceptions of their experiences in a teacher-student rock band (2011).
  • Learning from and with each other: Experiences in a professional development community of music teacher educators (2011).
  • Add contact! Guided observations in music settings using Skype (2011).
  • No new teacher left behind (2011).
  • Papa, can you hear me? Implications for practice from language and music acquisition research (2011).
  • Links in adult-infant chains of interaction in language and music acquisition (2011).
  • He Said, She Said: Adult Sensitivity to Music Behaviors Demonstrated by Young Children (2011).