Creativity Across the Classroom – Webinar Presenter Bios

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William I. Bauer

William I. Bauer is Professor, Area Head for Music Education, and Director of the Online MM in Music Education Program at the University of Florida, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, guides graduate research, and directs the Master of Music in Music Education Distance Learning Program. His current research interests include technology for music learning, creative thinking in music, and lifelong musicking. Previously he taught at universities in Ohio, Indiana, and Virginia, and was an instrumental (band and orchestra) and general music teacher for eight years in the Ohio public schools. Dr. Bauer’s book, Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music (2nd edition), is published by Oxford University Press. His numerous research and pedagogical writings appear in prominent journals and chapters of edited books, and he has been a frequent presenter at conferences and other events throughout the world. Bauer has served as a member of the editorial boards of the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; he is former editor of Contributions to Music Education and the current editor of Research Perspectives in Music Education. To learn more, visit

Marshall Haning

Marshall Haning is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, research methods, and other related topics.  Before beginning his collegiate teaching career, Dr. Haning taught high school choir and music theory courses in the public schools of North Carolina.  He holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and Kent State University. Dr. Haning’s research interests include music education and music teacher education curricula, informal and nonformal approaches to music education, nonperformance music courses, and assessment in music education.  He is well-published in scholarly journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Music Education, Contributions to Music EducationVisions of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education,and the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, and is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international music education conferences.  Dr. Haning is also in demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator, and has served in this capacity across the United States as well as in Africa, Australia, and Europe.

Barry Hartz

Barry Hartz is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida whose research focuses on innovative means of developing music literacy and ensemble performance. Prior to coming to UF in 2018, he served on the faculty at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio where he received the university’s Golden Apple award for outstanding teaching. During his 30-year career teaching instrumental music in Ohio, his bands earned Superior ratings in adjudicated events, performed twice at state conferences, hosted nationally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists, and presented clinics at several universities. Dr. Hartz earned his Ph.D. in music education in 2015 from Case Western Reserve University, National Board Certification in 2007, and was named the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Ohio in 2013. An OMEA adjudicator for 25 years, Dr. Hartz has conducted honor bands and given conference presentations in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Missouri and has published articles in Contributions to Music Education and Music Educators Journal.

Megan Sheridan

Megan M. Sheridan is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Florida, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She received her Ph.D. in Music from The Ohio State University, her Master of Arts in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College.  Dr. Sheridan is Kodály certified and is actively involved with the Organization of American Kodály Educators.  She has also completed Level II Orff-Schulwerk training.  Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Sheridan taught elementary general and choral music in public and private schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Dr. Sheridan’s research interests include pedagogical practices in general music, music for children with special needs, culturally responsive pedagogy, and qualitative research methods. She has presented her research and has given workshops at schools and conferences at the state, national, and international levels. Some of her publications include articles in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and Research Perspectives in Music Education, and a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Perspectives on Assessment in Music Education. 

Peter Webster

Peter R. Webster is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and is a Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He holds degrees in music education from the University of Southern Maine (BS) and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester (MM, PhD). He has taught for over 50 years at various levels of instruction.  Webster was the 2014 recipient of the Senior Researcher Award from the Society of Research in Music Education of the National Association for Music Education.  He is co-author of Experiencing Music Technology, 4th edition Updated (Oxford University Press, 2022). He has presented at many state, national, and international meetings and is a frequent keynote speaker.  His published work includes over 100 articles and book chapters on music technology and creative thinking in music which have appeared in journals and handbooks in and outside of music.