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 Studies in Music Education; Journal of Music Teacher Education; Contributions to Music Education; Visions of Research in Music Education; International Journal of Community Music; International Journal of Music in Early Childhood; Journal of Music, Technology & Education; Music Educators Journal; AUDEA; and various state music education journals such as New York, Michigan, and Connecticut. 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, SUNY Fredonia (2017).
  • Individual Development Award for Research and Travel, United University Professionals (2017).
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, SUNY Fredonia Professional Development Center (2015).
  • Instructional Incentive Award, Professional Development Center (2015).
  • Individual Development Award for Research and Travel, United University Professionals (2014).
  • Instructional Incentive Award for Classroom Innovation, SUNY Fredonia (2013).
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, Professional Development CenterProfessional Development Center - SUNY Fredonia (2013).
  • Professional Development Teaching Associate, Professional Development Center - SUNY Fredonia (2013).
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching and Learning, Professional Development Center - SUNY Fredonia (2012).

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Children’s Concerts: Opportunities for Interactive Listening," International Journal for Music in Early Childhood (2019).
  • "Uke, Flow, and Rock 'n' Roll," International Journal of Community Music (2019).
  • "Navigating Music Learning Theory: A Guide for General Music Teachers," GIA Publications (2019).
  • "The roller coaster ride: Our music teacher educator identity development," Research Studies in Music Education (2019).
  • "Assessment in the Music Learning Theory Classroom," Oxford Handbook of Assessment in Music Education (2019).
  • "Beyond Music in Our Schools (Month)," School Music News - New York State School Music Association (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).
  • "Connecting to Improvisation Experiences from Elementary General Music," Musicianship: Improvising in Band and Orchestra - GIA Publications (2018).
  • "Adult sensitivity: Parallels between music acquisition and language acquisition," Visions of Research in Music Education (2017).
  • "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," Musician-Focused Curriculum and 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

  • "Elementary General Music: Music Education Majors’ Beliefs and Perceptions.," 2019 NAfME Eastern Division and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference (2019).
  • "Do You Hear What I Hear? – Part II," The Western New York Conference Day for Music Educators (2019).
  • "Strummin’ My Four-String – Part II!," The Western New York Conference Day for Music Educators (2019).
  • "The Whole and the Sum of the Parts," 2018 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference (2018).
  • "Ukes in the Classroom," Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association In-­Service Day (2018).
  • "Children’s Concerts: Opportunities for Interactive Listening," 2018 Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention (2018).
  • "Uke, Flow, and Rock 'n' Roll: Communitas in a Community Ukulele Group," Breaking Boundaries: International Community Music Research Symposium (2018).
  • "Facilitating Community Ukulele Groups: A Collaborative Autophenomenography," NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference (2018).
  • "Do You Hear What I Hear?," ECMEA 2018 Conference Day (2018).
  • "Strummin’ My Four-String! ," ECMEA 2018 Conference Day (2018).
  • "Communitas: Ukulele and Collective Joy," 2018 Winter Conference (2017).
  • "Uke 'n' You," Kodály Educators of Eastern Pennsylvania Fall Workshop (2017).
  • "Ukes, Flow, and Rock n' Roll," Modern Band Rock Fest (2017).
  • "(Trans)formation and (Re)discovery: Community Ukulele Jams," Mountain Lake Colloquium: Interconnections and Interactions in the Ecosystem of General Music Method Teaching (2017).
  • "Mindset for musicians and teachers," [term:field_dm_name] (2017).
  • "Everybody Sing, Say, Dance, and Play! ," Western New York Orff Schulwerk Association (WNYOSA) (2017).
  • "You Can Uke!," Twin Tiers Orff Schulwerk Association (TTOSA) (2017).
  • "Communitas: Ukulele and Collective Joy," Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XI (2017).
  • "Ukulele on Its Head: Technology and the Flipped Uke Classroom," 2016 Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (2016).
  • "Think before you kitsch: Ukulele as an agent of change," Fifty-Ninth Annual National Conference (2016).
  • "You can uke!," [term:field_dm_name] (2016).
  • "An exploration of interactions between virtual mentors and mentees," 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2016).
  • "University music students’ experiences in an iPad ensemble: A case study," 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2016).
  • "iPads and recorder: Performing and creating," 2015 Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (2015).
  • "Mixing Methods: Pathways to Successful Learning," 2015 Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (2015).
  • "iPads for creativity," 2015 Professional Development Conference (2015).
  • "Vocal creativity for ALL students!," 2015 Professional Development Conference (2015).
  • "Examining the long-term effects of participation in a professional development community of music teacher educators," 2015 AERA Annual Meeting (2015).
  • "University musicians’ experiences in an iPad ensemble: A case study," Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium X (2015).
  • "iPads for Creating and Performing," New York State School Music Winter Conference 2014 (2014).
  • "Momma don’t ‘low no uke playin'," Michigan GIML (Gordon Institute for Music Learning) Fall Workshop (2014).
  • "Preservice Music Teachers’ Perceptions of iPads for Creating and Performing During Field Teaching Experiences," Conference on Instruction and Technology (2014).
  • "iPads in a Secondary General Music Methods Class: Preservice Teachers' Perceptions," 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2014).
  • "Stories of Early-Career Music Teacher Educators: Developing Identities and Searching for Balance," 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2014).
  • "Virtual collaborative research: navigating time, space, and interaction," 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2014).
  • "Virtual mentoring of preservice teachers: Mentors' perspectives," 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference (2014).
  • "iPAD Ensemble: Interact, Perform, and Discover," New Directions in Music Education: Teaching Composition, Improvisation, and The New Musicianship (2014).
  • "Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of iPad Use in Secondary General Music Methods," New Directions in Music Education: Teaching Composition, Improvisation, and The New Musicianship (2014).
  • "Improvisation: It's Elementary, Dear Watson!," 29th Annual WNY Conference Day for Music Educators (2014).
  • "iPAD: Interact, Perform, and Discover," 29th Annual WNY Conference Day for Music Educators (2014).
  • "Where in the World is Secondary General Music?," 29th Annual WNY Conference Day for Music Educators (2014).
  • "Chains of intersubjectivity: Scaffolding music development of young children," New York State School Music Association Winter Conference 2013 (2013).
  • "Preservice teachers' perceptions of iPad use in secondary general music methods: In-progress research," New York State School Music Association Winter Conference 2013 (2013).
  • "Virtual interactions between experienced teachers and preservice teachers," International Conference for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (2013).
  • "He said, she said: Adult sensitivity to music behaviors demonstrated by young children," Early childhood music seminar (2013).
  • "Adult identification of music behaviors demonstrated by young children," Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference (2013).
  • "Steps to literacy: Reading between the lines and spaces," Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference (2013).
  • "Effortless Assessment," Meeting of the South Carolina Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (2013).
  • "Online Status: Interactions Among Preservice and Experienced Teachers During Virtual Mentoring Episodes," Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium IX: Navigating the Future (2013).
  • "Developing creative readiness and skills for composition," 2012 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference (2012).
  • "Online status: Teacher identity transformation via virtual interactions," 2012 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference (2012).
  • "Add contact! Guided observations in music settings using Skype," Annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference (2012).
  • "Listen up!," Annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference (2012).
  • "Becoming music teacher educators," Biennial Music Educators National Conference: Special Focus on Research in Music Education and Music Teacher Education (2012).
  • "Adult identification of music behaviors demonstrated by young children," Biennial Music Educators National Conference: Special Focus on Research in Music Education and Music Teacher Education (2012).
  • "Language Acquisition and Music Acquisition Research: Similarities and Differences," Graduate Seminar (2012).
  • "Connecting concepts through movement," Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association In- Service Day (2012).
  • "Teachers’ perceptions of their experiences in a teacher-student rock band," 2011 Annual Conference New York State School Music Association (2011).
  • "Learning from and with each other: Experiences in a professional development community of music teacher educators," ), 2011 Symposium on Music Teacher Education Intersections of Practice, Research, and Policy (2011).
  • "Add contact! Guided observations in music settings using Skype," 2011 Symposium for Music Teacher Education (2011).
  • "No new teacher left behind," Audiation for a lifetime of music (2011).
  • "Papa, can you hear me? Implications for practice from language and music acquisition research," Audiation for a lifetime of music (2011).
  • "Links in adult-infant chains of interaction in language and music acquisition," Social, genetic and cognitive determinants in the acquisition and development of languag (2011).
  • "He Said, She Said: Adult Sensitivity to Music Behaviors Demonstrated by Young Children ," Michigan GIML In-service Workshop (2011).