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Alison Reynolds

Dr. Alison Reynolds

Associate Professor

Departments:

Music Education

Contact:

alison.reynolds@temple.edu
215-204-1660

 

    • B.M.E., Texas Christian University
      M.M., Music Education, Temple University
      Ph.D., Music Education, Temple University

      Dr. Alison Reynolds focuses her research and teaching interests on expressive and creative music development, early childhood and general music teacher preparation, and developing curriculum materials for children 12 years old and younger. Reynolds has been published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Perspectives, and several state music educators journals. She serves on the review board for Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education.

       

      Reynolds is co-author of Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum (Revised Edition) and Music Play, which has been translated to the Korean, Lithuanian, and Chinese. She is a frequent presenter of research and practice in international, national, regional, state, and local venues. She currently serves as chair-elect of the Early Childhood Music Education Special Research Interest Group within the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), Research Chair for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and PMEA District XII Higher Education Representative.

      She guides undergraduates during their general music methods course and accompanying field experience; and students earning Diamond Peer Teaching, Diamond Research, or Creative Arts and Research and Scholarship awards. At the graduate level, she has taught Introduction to Research in Music Education, Learning Theory in Music, From Research to Practice in 21st Century Music Education, and Qualitative Research. She guides graduate students’ extended practice in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade music settings, collaborating with them on research and practical projects, and offering guidance on independent research projects, theses, and dissertations, and preparation for music teacher education.

      Reynolds serves as academic advisor to undergraduate and graduate students. She is a member of the certification faculty for the Gordon Institute of Music Learning, and holds membership in International Society for Music Education, National Association for Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, American Orff Schulwerk Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

       

    • Selected Works/Publications

      Reynolds, A. M. (submitted). Qualitative research in early childhood music education. In C. Conway (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of qualitative research in music education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Morgan, G. B., & McNair, A. A. (2012). Construct validity of the Children’s Music-Related Behavior Questionnaire. Journal of Research in Music Education, 60(2), 186-200.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012). General music teachers talk professional development: Kindling the spark, fanning the flame, and keeping an eye on the fire. In M. Barrett & S. Stauffer (Eds.), Narrative soundings: An anthology of Narrative Inquiry in Music Education (pp. 275-286). Springer.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Grego, J., Yap, C. C., & McNair, A. (2011). Parents’ documentation of their young children’s music behaviors. In S. L. Burton & C. C. Taggart (Eds.), Learning from young children: Research in early childhood music (pp. 161-180). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education in association with MENC. Lanham: MD.

      Reynolds, A. M. (2010). If the shoe fits . . . Tapping into undergraduate peer-teaching experiences to promote music teacher and music teacher educator socialization and identity. In A. C. Clements (Ed), Alternative approaches in music education: Case studies from the field (pp. 257-569). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education in association with MENC.

       

      Overland, C., & Reynolds, A. M. (2010). The role of MENC: The National Association for Music Education in early childhood music education from 1980 to 2007. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 31(2) 99-117.

       

      Valerio, W. H., & Reynolds, A. M. (2009). Peekaboo and Fill-in-the-Blank: Age-old games with a social-music-interaction twist. Perspectives: A Publication of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, 4(3), 10-15.

       

      Burton, S. L., & Reynolds, A. M. (2009). Transforming music teacher education through service-learning. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 18(2), 18-33.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2009). Movement, for music’s sake. In International Conference on Music Education in Lithuanian Conference Proceedings, Vilnius, Lithuania.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2008). Movement, for music’s sake! Perspectives: A Publication of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, 3(1), 9-13.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Apostoli, A., Gruhn, W., Rodrigues, H., Poskue-Grun, R. (2008). Sharing a social music interaction music-learning framework in six countries. In M. Baroni & J. Tafuri Abstracts of Sessions at the 28th International Society for Music Education World Conference, Music at all Ages, pp. 200-205. Bologna: Tipografia.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2008, May). Teaching with musical moments in mind: Prospects for success in and out of school. Tempo. Official Publication of the New Jersey Music Educators Association.


      REPRINT. (2008). Teaching with musical moments in mind: Prospects for success in and out of school. Mass Music News. Official Publication of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, 56(3), 38

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Long, S., & Valerio, W. H. (2007). Language acquisition and music acquisition: Possible parallels. In L. R. Bartel (Series Ed.) & K. Smithrim & R. Upitis (Vol. Eds.), Listen to their voices Research to practice: A biennial series (Vol. 3, pp. 211-227). Canadian Music Educators Association.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Beitler, N. (2007, Summer). Reflective practice in a middle school instrumental setting. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 173, 55-69.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2007, Winter). Improvisation: An objective AND an assessment! CMEA News, 18-22. Official Publication of the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2007). Movement through the years: Why move? MI-GIML Newsletter 10(1), 8.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2006, Spring). Vocal interactions during informal early childhood music classes. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 168, 35-49.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2005). Guiding early childhood music development: A moving experience. In M. Runfola & C. C. Taggart (Eds.), The development and practical application of music learning theory (pp. 87-100). Chicago: GIA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Jerome, A., Preston, A. L., & Haynes, H. O. (2005, Summer). Service-learning in music education: Participants’ reflections. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 165, 79-91.

       

      Daniel, S. M., & Reynolds, A. M. (2005). Success strategies for teaching kindergarten music. Southwestern Musician: Official Publication for Texas Music Educators Association, 74(5), 58-61.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Hyun, K. (2004, December). Understanding music aptitude: Teachers’ interpretations. Research Studies in Music Education, 23, 18-31.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2004, Summer). Service-learning in music teacher education: An overview. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 9-17.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Conway, C. M. (2003, Winter). Perceptions of participants involved in a service-learning music education field experience. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 155, 1-10.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2003, Summer). Participants in a service-learning partnership: Agents of change. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 157, 71-81.

       

       

      EARLY CHILDHOOD AND GENERAL MUSIC CURRICULA

      Taggart, C. C., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Gordon, E. E. (2010). Jump right in: The music curriculum. (Rev. ed.): Kindergarten Teacher’s Edition. GIA Publications.

       

      Taggart, C. C., Bolton, B. M., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Gordon, E. E. (2006, Fall). Jump right in: The music curriculum. (Rev. ed.), Book 4. Chicago: GIA.
      Elementary general music series textbook includes: Teacher’s Edition, Student Book, Compact Disc Recordings.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Bolton, B. M., Taggart, C. C., & Gordon, E. E. (2004). Yinyue youxi [Music play], translated by Gan Wang and Hao Liu. Beijing: China Translation and Publishing Corporation.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Bolton, B. B., Taggart, C. C., and Gordon, E. E. (2004). Muzikos zˇaismas [Music play], Regina Proskute-Grun (Ed.). Vilnius, Lithuania: Kronta.

       

      Taggart, C. C., Bolton, B. M., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Gordon, E. E. (2004, April). Jump right in: The music curriculum. (Rev. ed.), Book 3. Chicago: GIA. Elementary general music series textbook includes: Teacher’s Edition, Student Book, Piano Accompaniment Book, Compact Disc Recordings.

       

      Reynolds, A.M. (2004, April). Jump right in: The music curriculum, (Rev. ed), Student Book 3. Chicago: GIA.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Bolton, B. B., Taggart, C. C., & Gordon, E. E. (2002). Music play. (Helen K. Yi, trans.). Hanam-city, Korea: IEC Music English.

       

      Taggart, C. C., Bolton, B. M., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Gordon, E. E. (2001). Jump right in: The music curriculum. (Rev. ed.), Book 2. Chicago: GIA. Elementary general music series textbook includes: Teacher’s Edition, Student Book, Piano Accompaniment Book, Compact Disc Recordings.

       

      Taggart, C. C., Bolton, B. M., Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Gordon, E. E. (2000). Jump right in: The music curriculum. (Rev. ed.), Book 1. Chicago: GIA. Elementary general music series textbook includes: Teacher’s Edition, Student Book, Piano Accompaniment Book, Compact Disc Recordings.

       

      Valerio, W. H., Reynolds, A. M., Bolton, B. M., Taggart, C. C., & Gordon, E. E. (1998). Music play: Guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Chicago: GIA.

       

    • Through May 2014

      Reynolds, A. M., Valerio, W. H., & Morgan, G. (2014, April). Examining the ability of the Children's Music Behavior Inventory to classify children by age. Roundtable presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Waters, H. (2014, April). Adults and children at P.L.A.Y.: A second year co-constructing music in a preschool setting. Paper presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Waters, H. (2014, March 29). Hear today: Jam tomorrow! Juried and invited half-day workshop at the annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference, Hershey, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Renzoni, K., Turowski, P., Waters, H., & Westlake, E. (2014, March 20). "If you want to get a different instrument, you can!" A mindset for 21st century music education. Paper presentation at New Directions in Music Education: Teaching composition, improvisation, and the new musicianship. East Lansing, MI.

       

      Previous engagements:

      Reynolds, A. M. (2013, November 10-11). Making learning visible & audible: Early childhood music education. Two presentations for undergraduate music education majors at Gettysburg College. Gettysburg, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2013, November 5). Something old, something new, something borrowed, something YOU! Improvisation in early childhood music settings. Workshop presented for the annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 in-service day, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2013, October 14). Music aptitude tests. Invited presentation for Measurement and Evaluation graduate seminar at the University of South Carolina.

       

      Valerio, W. H., & Reynolds, A. M. (2013, October 14). Adult music development resulting from social music interactions with young children. Workshop and demonstration presented at the Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium, Columbia, SC.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Valerio, W. H. (2012, November). Creating musical moments to support developmentally appropriate practice. Workshop presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Atlanta, GA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Valerio, W. H. (2012, August 6). Learning from parents: Music behaviors demonstrated by young children who attend early childhood music programs. Research paper presentation at the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association Conference, Green Lake, WS.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Filsinger, K. B., with Chayot, K., Goldberg, K., and Children from Project P.L.A.Y. School (2012, July). Co-constructing music-rich environments in preschool settings. Research-based workshop at the Biennial Early Childhood Music Education Commission Conference, Corfu, Greece.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Zhang, Y., & Filsinger, K. B. (2012, June 30). Music Play festival for children and their parents. Music workshop in Shishi, Fujian, China.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Zhang, Y., & Filsinger, K. B. (2012, June 23-25). Music Play Course: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers for Music Activities with Children birth-6 years old. Three-day workshop in Fuzhou, Fujina, China.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Zhang, Y., & Filsinger, K. B. (2012, June 23). Music Play festival for children and their parents. Music workshop in Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Zhang, Y., & Filsinger, K. B. (2012, June 18). Music Learning Theory and its principles: An overview. Lecture and workshop at Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, China.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012, April 9-27). Visiting Scholar. Research, presentations, consulting, and observing at Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012, April 25). Learning to listen for musical moments in a Reggio-inspired preschool. Research-based presentation at Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012, April 24). Parents as partners: Erasing borders between school life and home life. Invited talk at Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., Reese, J. W., & Clauhs, M. (2012, April 19-21). Add contact! Guided observations in music settings using Skype®. Juried workshop presentation at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012, April 17 and 24). Community of learners: Where do we go from here? Workshop presentation at Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan.

       

      Reynolds, A. M. (2012, April 17). Language acquisition and music acquisition: Context, conversation, and continuity. Workshop presentation at Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan.

       

      Reynolds, A. M., & Koontz, T. (2012, January 13). Diamond peer teacher: Top 10 suggestions from a DPT and her mentor. Invited presentation at the Diamond Peer Teacher Orientation luncheon, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.