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Nathalie G. Robinson

Professor of Music


Degrees

EDD, 1995, Teachers Coll, Columbia Univ; MS, 1980, Temple Univ; BS, 1976, Western Connecticut State Univ


Bio

Dr. Nathalie Robinson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education Degree Programs at Hofstra University. Under her leadership these programs have been recognized as premiere music teacher training programs in the greater New York metropolitan area. With nearly two decades of public school teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels, Dr. Robinson is an authority on general music applications that focus on improvisation and composition, and children's musical thinking. Recent conference session appearances include NMEA, NYSSMA, MENC Eastern Division, and coordinated activities with the Long Island Orff Association.

From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Robinson taught as PS 144 in Harlem, where she was the lead teacher for the Music and the Brain project, funded by the 42nd Street Development Corporation. She also served as project administrator for a government-funded research project titled The Creative Arts Laboratory, a Standards-Based Professional Development Program in Arts-Integrated Education at Teachers College in New York City. Dr. Robinson is co-author of a chapter in the 2006 MENC publication Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom, which discusses the experiences of Hofstra music students teaching private instrumental lesson in an urban school district. Dr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science from Western Connecticut State University, Master of Science from Temple University, and Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Field of Study:

Music Education

Research Interests: Music teacher training, curriculum design, musical thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking.

Education:

  • Ed. D. in Music Education
    Teacher's College of Columbia University
  • M.M.Ed. in Music and Music Education
    Temple University
  • B.S. in Music Education
    Western Connecticut State University

Recent Publications:

  • Robinson, N., & Bell, C. L. ( 2009). A Seven-Step Model for Developing a Creative Music Strategy. Music Educators Journal (TBA).
  • Robinson, N., & Bell, C. L., (2006). Music education students teach at-risk children private lessons. In Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom, Volume 2, Frierson-Campbell, C. (Ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Education, and Reston, VA: MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
  • Robinson, N. (2005). Creativity and music education. Book Review. Music Education Research, 7(1).
  • Robinson, N. (2005). Developing 'H.O.T.S.' during lessons and rehearsals. In The Music Director's Cookbook ' Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, Garwood Whaley, Meredith Music Publications, Galesville, MD.
  • Bell, C.L., & Robinson, N. (2004). The successful student teaching experience: thoughts from the ivory tower. Music Educators Journal, 91(1), 39-42.
  • Robinson, N. (2003). Improvising and Composing in the Elementary Music Classroom. Connecticut Music Educators Association, Volume LIV(2), 8-9.
  • Robinson, N. (2003). Integrating music and children's literature. European Music Educators Association, Spring Edition, 16-17.
  • Robinson, N. (2002). Music teacher education for this century: a working institute for change and innovation in our profession consortium, 65(7).

Professional Positions:

  • Hofstra University: 1999-Present Assistant Professor of Music. Coordinator of Music Education
  • Teachers College of Columbia University: 1990-99 Adjunct Assistant Professor and Supervisor of Columbia University Student Teachers. Classes taught included Music For Children, Integrating Music into the Classroom, Music for the World's Children
  • Cultural University of Taipai, Taiwan: 1997 Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor. Courses taught included Comprehensive Musicianship, Creative Music Strategies
  • Teachers College of Columbia University: 1995-99 Creative Arts Laboratory Project Administrator for federally funded project focusing on integrating the arts into core curricula.
  • New York City Board of Education: 1994-99 Faculty, Professional Development Program. Courses taught included Music in the Classroom, Integrating Music into the Core Curriculum, Authentic Assessment of Integrated Music Strategies
  • 92nd St. Development Corporation, Public School 144, NYC Bd. of Education: 1996-99 Lead teacher for Special Project "Music and the Brain"
  • Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY: 1995-97 Adjunct Assistant Professor. Classes taught included Secondary Methods and Choral Methods
  • Music Educator, Plainville, CT Public Schools (K-8): 1972-1990 Classes taught included General Music, Instrumental Music, Choral Music, Musical Theater

Professional Activities:

  • Book Reviewer for Oxford University Press. 'Pedagogical Frameworks for Music Education;' Author: Harold Abeles, et.al., 2008
  • Treasurer, Council of Music Teacher Education Programs (COMTEP), New York State, 1999-present
  • Member of the Hofstra College General Education Assessment Committee, 2006-present
  • Professional Education Council, Hofstra University, 2008-present
  • Book Reviewer for Pearson Education, Prentice Hall, 'Musical Exploration: A Participatory Guide to the World of Music.' Author: Clair Detels., 2000

Professional Presentations

  • 'Help! I Got The Job! Now What??,' Professional Presentation, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, Peer Reviewed, December 2008.
  • 'Expectations of the Student Teaching Observation,' Professional Presentation, MENC Eastern Division Biennial Conference, Hartford, CT, Peer Reviewed, March, 2007.
  • 'Expectation of the Student Teaching Observation,' Professional Presentation, NYSSMA 2006 Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, Peer Reviewed, December, 2006.
  • "The Challenges of Preparing and Mentoring Student Teachers to Teach in People-Centered Classrooms," Toward Tanglewood II: Music as a Person-Centered Process, Teachers College, New York, NY, Peer Reviewed, June 15-18, 2006.
  • "The Successful Student Teaching Experience,' Workshop Presentation, NYSSMA 2005 Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, Peer Reviewed, December 2005.
  • "Harmonizing and Improvising in the Choral Rehearsal: A Sequential Approach," MENC Eastern Division Biennial Conference, Baltimore, MD, Peer Reviewed, March 2005.
  • "Classroom Management in the Middle School,' Workshop Presentation, Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, December, 2004.
  • "What Is This, 20 Questions? Preparing for an Interview," Workshop Presentation, Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, December 1, 2003.
  • "From High School to College to Teaching ' How to Better Prepare Our Students to Become Teachers," NYSCAME Annual Conference, Paper Presented ' Invitation - Mineola, NY, November 13, 2003.
  • "Making Musical Connections with Children's Literature," Workshop Presentation ' Peer Reviewed, Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA), Hartford, CT, March 27, 2003.
  • "How Do Pre-Service Music Educators Acquire Professional Values?" Research Poster Session ' Peer Reviewed, MENC Eastern Division Conference, Providence, RI, March 7, 2003.
  • "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Preparing for an Interview," Workshop Presentation ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, December 3, 2002.
  • "Out of the Ivory Tower: Expectations of the Student Teaching Observation,' Paper Presented ' Panel Discussion - Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, December 2, 2002.
  • "Preparing Tomorrow's Music Teachers," NYSCAME/Suffolk Annual Conference, Paper Presented ' Invitation, East Islip, NY, November 19, 2002.
  • "Rejuvenating the Choral Experience." NMEA/SCMEA Workshop Session ' Invitation, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, June 14, 2002.
  • "Making Musical Connections With Literature," Workshop Presentation ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, November 27, 2001.
  • "Rejuvenate That Choral Warm-Up and Rehearsal!" Workshop Presentation ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, November 26, 2001.
  • "Music Education for This Century," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, November 25, 2001.
  • "Music Education for This Century," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Summer Conference, Albany, NY, August 13, 2001.
  • "Audition Assessment and Evaluation," Paper Presented ' Invitation, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY, December 7, 2000.
  • "The Power of Music in Today's Society," Paper Presented ' Invitation, Island Trees High School, Tri-M Induction Ceremony, November 16, 2000.
  • "An Examination of a Standards-Based Music Project and the Musical Aptitude and Mathematical Reasoning Skills of First Grade Students," American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference Research Poster Session ' Peer Reviewed, Rochester, NY, November 10, 2000.
  • "Let's Create An Opera: Wild Things," Workshop Session ' Invitation - PS224Q, Little Neck-Queens, NY, November 7, 2000.
  • "Integrating Music in the Classroom," Consultant and Curriculum Design, Mannes School of Music: Summer Program, New York, NY Summer 2000.
  • "Creating An Original Opera," 2-day workshop for graduate music specialists at Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY, July 7-8, 2000.
  • "Integrating Music in the Classroom," workshop for graduate music specialists, 2-day Workshop for Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY, July 21-22, 2000.
  • "Middle School Classroom Management: It Can Happen," MENC Presentation - Paper presented ' Invitation, Hofstra University, October 20, 1999.
  • "Making Connections: Music and the Autistic Child," Series of 4 Workshops for Community School District 75, Continuing and Professional Development, New York City Board of Education, September-October, 1999.
  • "Creative Music Strategies in the Special Education Classroom," Workshop of New York City Board of Education Special Education teachers and music specialists, Series of 9 Workshops for Community School District 75, Continuing and Professional Development, New York City Board of Education, October-December, 1999.
  • "Building Literacy in the Music Classroom," Workshop Presentation ' Invited, District 15, New York City Board of Education, October 1999.
  • "Integrating the Arts into Core Curriculum," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, MENC National Conference, Pheonix, Arizona, 1998.
  • "Building Literacy Through the Arts," Workshop for New York City Board of Education Superintendents, Arts Education Leadership Institute, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, 1998.
  • "Strategies for Linking Literacy and Music Concepts,' Workshop for New York City Board of Education music teachers and Arts Supervisors, Community School District 3, New York, NY, 1998.
  • "An Examination of the Influence of Visual Feedback, Aural Feedback and 1997
    Time For Reflection on the Length and Quality of 9-year-olds' Music Compositions," Research Poster Session ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Conference, 1997.
  • "Creative Arts Laboratory: Integrating the Arts into Core Curriculum," Workshop Presentation ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Conference, 1997.
  • "Historical Background of Arts Integration and Current Trends," Workshop for New York City Board of Education Superintendents, Arts Coordinators and teachers ' Invitation, Community School District 10, New York, NY, 1997.
  • "Integrating the Arts into Core Curricula,' Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, MENC National Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, 1997.
  • "Creative Arts Laboratory: Moving Theory into Practice," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, NYSSMA Conference, 1996.
  • "Improvisation and Composition: Agents for Synthesis," Paper Presented ' Invitation, National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting - Dallas, Texas, 1996.
  • "The Role of the Mentor in Facilitating the Transformation of School Culture,' Paper Presented ' Peer Review, AERA National Convention, New York, 1996.
  • "Helping to Transform the School Culture: Integrating the Arts in the Core Curriculum,' Paper Presented ' Peer Review, Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference, Pittsburg, PA, 1996.
  • "QUIPP Music Workshops: Creative Music Strategies in the Special Education Classroom," Invitation of New York City Board of Education Special Education teachers, Workshop for Community School District 3, Continuing and Professional Development, New York City Board of Education, 1996.
  • "Music Technology in the General Music Classroom,' Workshop for music teachers and supervisors, Rye, NY, 1995.
  • "Music For Teachers of Children,' Workshop for New York City Board of Education'Continuing and Professional Development, New York City Board of Education, 1994.
  • "Music Technology in the General Music Classroom," Workshop for music teachers and supervisors, Rye, NY, 1994.
  • "Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, MENC Northeastern Conference, Pittsburgh, PA,1993.
  • "Music For Children," Summer Workshop, Teachers College Columbia University,1993.
  • "Music Technology in the General Music Classroom," Workshop for music teachers and supervisors, Rye, NY, 1993.
  • "Children's Musical Thinking," Paper Presented ' Peer Reviewed, MENC National Conference, New Orleans, 1992.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Council For Research In Music Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Educational Research Association
  • New York State School Music Association
  • Music Educators Association of New York City
  • National Association Of Teachers Of Singing
  • Nassau Music Educators Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Research Interests

Critical and Creative Thinking Musical Thinking Curriculum Design

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CT 179 STUDENT TEACHING (UG) Undergraduate
CT 227 STUDENT TEACHING Graduate
CT 299A DEVLPNG CREATIVE MUSIC STRATGS Graduate
CT 601 DISSERTATION SEMINAR Graduate
MUS 017P (CP) GUITAR Undergraduate
MUS 020A CONCERT ATTENDANCE Undergraduate
MUS 151 SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 1 Undergraduate
MUS 152 SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 2 Undergraduate
MUS 252 ADV SPEC ST-MUSIC Graduate
MUS 274O ORFF-SCHULWERK WORKSHOP Graduate
SED 111 TEACHING MUSIC AT THE ELEM LVL Undergraduate
SED 227A CRCLM DESIGN & INSTR IN MUSIC Graduate
SED 300A CURRICULUM PROJECT I Graduate
SED 300B CURRICULUM PROJECT II Graduate
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