Karen Salvador, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Michigan State University. She directs the early childhood music education programs at both MSU Community Music Schools, teaches early childhood and elementary general music methods courses, and facilitates graduate seminars on research, psychology, and philosophy. Prior to her appointment at MSU, Salvador held a similar position at the University of Michigan-Flint, and she has taught elementary general music and choir in school and community settings in Michigan and New Zealand. Salvador’s research interests center on how music educators meet individual student needs in early childhood and elementary settings, the lived experiences of music educators working to become more inclusive, and music teacher education for equity and justice. Her research is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music in Early Childhood, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal.

Job Position

Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education


Michigan State University





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