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Snodgrass receives College Music Society Technology Initiative Award

BOONE—Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music received the 2012 College Music Society Technology Initiative Award during the national meeting of the College Music Society (CMS).

View larger imageHayes School of Music’s Associate Professor Jennifer Snodgrass was recently honored by the College Music Society for her use of technology to teach music theory and pedagogy. She is pictured with Dr. Tayloe Harding, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Music and director of the College Music Society Fund. (Photo submitted)

The award recognizes a CMS member who has demonstrated exceptional initiative in integrating technology in college music instruction, preparing students to share their musicianship with a global community that is increasingly dependent on technology, and providing a model of effective practice to education, industry and the public at large.

Since joining the music faculty at Appalachian in 2005, Snodgrass has been a leader on campus and in her profession in using technology to enhance student learning.

Snodgrass uses Tablet PCs to teach music theory. Her teaching expands on her work as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland that focused on computer-assisted instruction and pedagogy.

Students in Snodgrass’s music theory classes learn about the dynamics of composition and music theory and are able to share their in-classroom work with other students using a Tablet PC.

In 2006, Snodgrass received a Microsoft Research & External Programs grant to further develop her use of technology in the classroom and offered workshops on campus and presented talks at professional meetings about her work.

Snodgrass, along with computer science faculty member Frank Barry from Appalachian, Byron Richard from Trinity Software Solutions, and Susan Piagentini from Northwestern University, developed a Web site that complements the music theory textbook used by Snodgrass and other music educators across the United States.

Former graduate student John Leupold ’06 earned a doctorate focusing on composition and now is a member of the music faculty at Washington College. His students and those in Snodgrass’s class are now working on joint assignments using the Tablet PC and software related to music theory and composition analysis.

Snodgrass’s research of the efficacy of Tablet PCs and other pedagogical research can be found in “The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-Based Technology on Education” published by Purdue Press, the 2012 volume of Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, Sacred Music, The TI:MEs, Music Theory Online and the Music Educators Journal.

She will write an article about her work for the Instructional Technologies component of College Music Symposium journal and present a talk at the 2013 CMS national conference in Cambridge, Mass.