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Episode 134 - Cynthia Wagoner

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Release Date: 10/28/2019

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Cynthia Wagoner taught middle school and high school band for 27 years in Indiana before going back to school and becoming a music education professor at East Carolina University.

Topics:

  • Cynthia’s background growing up in Terra Haute, Indiana in a musical family and the story of how she became and oboe player involved in both orchestra and band.
  • The importance of mentors and some of the important teachers in Cindy’s life and the lessons that she learned from them.
  • Her experience as a young female band director in the early 1980’s and some of the topics she has to discuss with her female music education students to help prepare them for entering the profession.
  • Cindy’s duties as an Associate Professor of Music Education at East Carolina University and some of the lessons she would like to pass on from observing student teachers.
  • An extended discussion of teaching beginners and teaching sound to sight in both homogeneous and heterogeneous classes.
  • Seven words or less.

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Biography:

Dr. Cindy Wagoner is an Associate Professor of Music Education at East Carolina University, specializing in instrumental music instruction and pre-service music teacher education. Her regional and international research presentations focus on music teacher identity, mentoring new teachers, and pedagogy. Her publications appear in Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz, Teaching Music, Psychology of Music, Research Issues in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and several book chapters. Her heart still lies in the teaching of music through instrumental performance, and she is dedicated to serving the music education community in her current position at ECU. Wagoner holds a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana State University and spent 27 years in Indiana teaching high school and middle school instrumental music, known for having a large and successful program across marching, concert, small ensemble, and jazz events. Graduating from the University of Carolina Greensboro with a Ph.D. in Music Education, she was honored for her teaching with the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2009. As an assistant professor at East Carolina since 2011, she was selected as a finalist for a 2015-16 ECU Alumni Award for excellence in teaching, 2017-18 Nominee for Five Year Award, and was awarded the ECU Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019. She was also semi-finalist for the 2017 Music & Arts Educator of the Year. Wagoner continues to be active as a guest conductor and adjudicator across the south and Midwest and holds membership in Society for Music Teacher Education, Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), International Society for Music Education (ISME), NAfME, and NCMEA.

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