Jan Edwards

Associate Director, Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Music Education

Jan Edwards (formerly Jan McCrary) is an associate professor of Music Education. Prior to joining the faculty at The Ohio State University, Edwards received her music education degrees from Alabama State University (BA) and Michigan State University (MA and PhD). Subsequent to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Edwards' research interests led to scholarly publications in the Journal of Research in Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education.

Dr. Edwards has shared her scholarly work and appeared as a panelist at several national and state conferences including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC - The National Conference for Music Education), the College Music Society (CMS), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and state conferences in Michigan and Ohio. Jan Edwards' scholarly work explores listeners' music preferences and contemporary issues that influence music teacher education. Of interest to her are effective preparations for teaching music to culturally diverse learners and special learners.

Professionally, Edwards has served as research chair for the Ohio Music Educators Association and has held editorial board memberships for the Journal of Research in Music Education and Contributions to Music Education.

Featured Professional Activities

  • McCrary, J. (1993). Effects of listeners' and performers' race on music preferences. Journal of Research in Music Education, 41(3), 200-211.
  • McCrary, J. (2000). Ethnic majority/minority status: Children's interactions and affective responses to music. Journal of Research in Music Education, 48(3), 249-261.
  • Wilson, B., & McCrary, J. (1996). The effect of instruction on music educators’ attitudes toward students with disabilities. Journal of Research in Music Education, 44(1), 26-33.
Areas of Expertise
  • Chair of Undergraduate Studies
  • Listener Music Preferences
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Special Learners
  • BA, Alabama State University
  • MA and PhD, Michigan State University

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