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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2241
fax: 509.359.7028

  • Sheila Woodward
    Sheila Woodward
    (On Sabbatical 2018-19) Professor of Music & Director of Music Education
    Phone: (509)359-7073
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Dr. Sheila Woodward is on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 school year. She is Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at Eastern Washington University, USA. She is Past President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and serves on the Board of the International Music Council. She is a native South African and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a Performer's Licentiate in Organ from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, the University of South Florida, and the University of the Western Cape. She previously served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Music Education, the ISME Board of Directors (2004-2008), the ISME Early Childhood Music Education Commission (1992-1998, two terms as Chair), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Council for IN-ovations (2012-2014, one term as Chair), and the NAfME Executive Board of the Society for General Music (2002-2006). She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Popular Music Education and on the Early Childhood Music SRIG committee of NAfME.

    Dr. Woodward's research focus is Music and Wellbeing. She explores this from before birth to adulthood, with studies on the fetus, neonate, premature infant, young child, at-risk youth, juvenile offender and adult musician. She has published numerous articles, in addition to chapters in Benedict, Schmidt, Spruce and Woodford's The Oxford Handbook on Social Justice in Music Education (Oxford, 2015) and in Malloch and Trevarthen's Communicative musicality: Narratives of expressive gesture and being human (Oxford, 2009).

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