Reply To: Introduction to IN-ovations Council


Here are our Council Members, with bios spread out over the next few reply posts (the forum wouldn’t let me put them all on one post). We look forward to supporting and creating new ideas in music education!

Sheila C. Woodward Ph. D.:
Dr. Sheila Woodward is Chair Elect of Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Eastern Washington University, USA. She is a native of South Africa and earned her Ph. D. from the University of Cape Town and a Performer’s Licentiate in Organ from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, The University of South Florida, and the University of the Western Cape. Dr. Woodward is President Elect of the International Society for Music Education and Chair of the NAfME (USA) Council on IN-ovations. She has previously served on numerous professional boards; among them being two terms on the Board of Directors of ISME (2004 – 2008), three terms on the ISME Early Childhood Music Education Commission (1992 – 1998, two as Chair), and two terms on the Executive Board of the Society for General Music (NAfME, USA). Dr. Woodward’s research focus is Music and Wellbeing. She explores this from before birth to adulthood, with studies on the fetus, neonate, premature infant, young child, at-risk youth, juvenile offender and adult musician. She has published numerous articles, in addition to chapters in Elliott’s Praxial music education: Reflections and dialogues (Oxford, 2005) and in Malloch and Trevarthen’s Communicative musicality: Narratives of expressive gesture and being human (Oxford, 2009). She has been awarded generous grants to promote international exchange programs, bringing South African musicians to perform in the USA alongside American students and professors, and she has directed numerous outreach programs in both countries.

Sara Hagen, Ph.D.:
Dr. Sara Hagen is Professor of Music at Valley City State University, Valley City, ND. She completed the Ph.D. from The Florida StateUniversity and the B.S in Education and Masters of Music from the University of North Dakota. Hagen currently serves as the Fine Arts Instructional Designer, emphasizing distance education pedagogy. Her current teaching assignments are in music education, theory, and business. Hagen’s teaching experience includes six years of K-12 music education and more than 25 years of private studio teaching for which she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Dr. Hagen currently serves as Past President of NDMEA, on the NAfME Council for IN-ovations Education and on the New and Emerging Technologies (NET) Committee for the College Music Society (CMS). She serves as an editor for the Journal of Technology in Music Learning (JTML) and for the College Music Symposium, an online publication of CMS. Hagen has served as guest conductor for NDACDA children’s choir events and for the state Treble Honor Choir. She continues to teach piano and directs the Valley Children’s Choir through the VCSU Community School of the Arts. She is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferencesdelivering workshops on technology pedagogy in music education. Her articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion, JTML, the North Dakota Music Educator, the online Journal of Music, Technology, and Education and she co-wrote a chapter in an upcoming book, Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration published by IGI Global.