About the AMS-PSG

The AMS Pedagogy Study Group is a community of teacher-scholars who aim to think creatively and reflectively about all facets of teaching music history.

Pedagogy is rarely a focus of graduate training in musicology, and even seasoned instructors know that college-level teaching involves perpetual refinement and adaptation. AMS-PSG aims to equip, challenge, and inspire musicologists from all career stages to grow as effective teachers.

AMS-PSG supports a number of forums for the exchange of ideas and resources among musicologists. Recognized officially by the American Musicological Society since 2006, AMS-PSG sponsors panel sessions and breakout discussions at each AMS meeting that focus on pedagogical issues of current importance to the discipline. It promotes further dialogue through the annual Teaching Music History Conference, The Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and the AMS-PSG Facebook group. Seeking to be as inclusive and relevant as possible, AMS-PSG focuses on active dialogue among instructors who serve a wide range of institutions and curricula.

Please contact John Spilker (jspilke2@nebrwesleyan.edu) if you are interested in service within the Pedagogy Study Group.

AMS-PSG Bylaws


John Spilker, Nebraska Wesleyan University (chair)

Kimberly Hieb, West Texas A&M (secretary/treasurer)

Rochester Program Committee

Laura Pruett, Merrimack College (chair)

Rachel Chacko, Whitman College

Terry Dean, Indiana State University

Allison Kaufman, University of Oregon

Everette Smith, Southeastern Louisiana University

2017 Teaching Music History Conference Program Committee

Trudi Wright, Regis University (chair)

Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University

Claire Fedoruk, Azusa Pacific University

Christopher Macklin, University of Illinois

Colleen Renihan, Queen’s University

Website Committee

Louis Epstein, St. Olaf College (chair)

Tim Cochran, Eastern Connecticut State University

Melissa Cummins, University of Kansas

Danielle Kuntz, Baldwin Wallace University

Sienna M. Wood, University of Colorado at Boulder

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Kunio Hara, University of South Carolina (co-chair)

Sara Haefeli, Ithaca College (co-chair)

Jacqueline Avila, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Ana Alonso-Minutti, University of New Mexico

Daniel Barolsky, Beloit College

Adjunct Support Committee

Reba Wissner, Berkeley College (chair)

Jane Ellsworth, Eastern Washington University

Chantal Frankenbach, Sacramento State University

Alex Ludwig, Berklee School of Music

Kristen Turner, North Carolina State University