Our Faculty

The faculty at Ohio State are among the nation’s leaders in both teaching and scholarship. They have taught in diverse school settings, and published, presented and guest conducted around the world. They regularly contribute to music education in the state of Ohio through presentations at conferences and workshops, and through working directly with students in schools.

You will find their research and contributions published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Application of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of the College Music Symposium, Clavier Companion, Empirical Musicology Review, American Music Therapy Association, The Kodály Envoy, American Music Teacher, American String Teachers Journal, American String Teacher, String Research Journal, Journal of String Research, and The Instrumentalist.

Recognized as leaders in the field, our faculty have presented at national conferences of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the College Music Society (CMS), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and the American Eurythmics Society. In addition, they have conducted and presented in nearly every state as well as in England, Canada, Brazil, France, Hungary, Norway, Malaysia, Italy and Isreal.

Meet the Music Education faculty.


Eugenia Costa-Giomi, Professor
•    Music perception and cognition in childhood
•    Nonmusical benefits of music instruction

Jan Edwards, Associate Professor
•    Listener Music Preferences
•    Music Teacher Education
•    Culturally Diverse Learners
•    Special Learners

Robert Gillespie, Professor
•    String music education
•    String pedagogy
•    History of music education
•    Improvisation and rock & roll in school music programs

David Hedgecoth, Assistant Professor
•    Brass pedagogy
•    Charter school music programs
•    Public school and charter school music curricula

Daryl Kinney, Associate Professor and Area Head
•    Non-musical outcomes of music education
•    Music perception and cognition
•    Music teacher education

Richard Palese, Lecturer, Instrumental Music Education

Jordan Saul, Lecturer, Choral Music Education

Jayne Wenner, Lecturer
•    Elementary general music
•    World music and dance
•    Children’s choir
•    Music literacy for children

Kenneth Williams, Associate Professor
•    Piano pedagogy
•    Group piano

Explore the School of Music faculty directory for other areas.