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Elizabeth parker

Departments:

Music Education

 

    • B.M.E. (K-12 certification) Oberlin Conservatory of Music

      M.M.E. (concentration in Choral Conducting) Oberlin Conservatory of Music

      Ph.D. Interdepartmental Area of Educational Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

       

      Dr. Elizabeth Parker’s research focuses on the social development of adolescent choral singers as well as identity of preservice and inservice music educators. She presents her research regularly at the American Educational Research Association, NAfME Society for Research in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the American Choral Directors Association, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, and the International Society for Music Education. Parker is published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, The International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education, The Choral Journal, Advances in Music Education Research, and Visions of Research in Music Education.

      Within the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Dr. Parker instructs undergraduate students in Teaching General Music to Inclusive Populations and Inclusive Vocal Development. She also teaches graduate students in History and Philosophy of Music Education. Parker advises undergraduate students and serves as secretary/treasurer of the American Educational Research Association Music Education special interest group. She is the general music content representative for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and holds two editorial review board positions: The Journal of Music Teacher Education and the International Journal of Research on Choral Singing. Prior to her work at Temple University, she taught general and choral music education at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, GA.

      An active children’s choral conductor and clinician, Dr. Parker leads the Troubadors, one of four ensembles within the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. She also held the position of Director of Music for a large New York City not-for-profit where she grew a children's choir program of more than 250 voices. In Georgia, Parker served as the Artistic Director of the Voices of the Valley Youth Choir. She has taught within P-12 school and community spaces in New York, Nebraska, and Georgia, specializing in the vocal development of young people through general and choral contexts.

       

    • Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

      Parker, E. C. (in press). How I learned to sing: A phenomenology of one southeastern African-American church choir. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

      Parker, E. C. (in press) A grounded theory of adolescent high school women’s choir singers’ process of social identity development. Journal of Research in Music Education.

      Parker, E. C., Bond, V., & Powell, S. (in press). A grounded theory of preservice music educators’ lesson planning processes. Journal of Research in Music Education.

      Parker, E. C., & Draves, T. J. (2017). A narrative of two preservice music education student teachers with visual impairment. Journal of Research in Music Education, 64(4), 385-404.

      Parker, E. C. (2016). The experience of creating community: An intrinsic case study of four midwestern public school choral teachers. Journal of Research in Music Education, 64(2), 220-237.

      Parker, E. C., & Draves, T. J. (2016). Tensions and perplexities within teacher education and P-12 schools for music teachers with visual impairments. Arts Education Policy Review. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/10632913.2016.1201028.

      Powell, S. R., & Parker, E. C. (2016). Preservice music teachers’ descriptions of successful and unsuccessful teachers. Journal of Music Teacher Education.  Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1057083716662689.

      Parker, E. C., & Powell, S. R. (2014). A phenomenological study of music education majors’ identity development in methods courses outside their areas of focus. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 201, 23-41. [In print Summer 2015]

      Parker, E. C. (2014). The process of social identity development in adolescent high school choral singers: A grounded theory. Journal of Research in Music Education, 62(1), 18-32.

      Parker, E. C. (2012).  A qualitative exploration of selected writings by James Mursell. Visions of Research in Music Education, 21. Retrieved from http://www.rider.edu/vrme.                                                                  

      Parker, E. C. (2012). An intrinsic case study of two homeschooled undergraduates’ decisions to become and remain music education majors. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 21(2), 54-68.

      Parker, E. C. (2011). Examining adolescent choral singers’ social development within school music ensembles: Suggestions and implications for choral educators. Choral Journal, 52(4), 53-55.

      Parker, E. C. (2011). Uncovering adolescent choral singers philosophical beliefs of music-making: A qualitative inquiry. International Journal of Music Education, 29(4), 305-317.

      Parker, E. C. (2011). The tale of one children’s choir educator within a not-for-profit agency. Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education, 10(1), 69-77.

      Parker, E. C. (2010). Exploring student experiences of belonging within an urban high school choral ensemble: An action research study. Music Education Research, 12(4), 339-352.

      Parker, E. C. (2007). Intrapersonal and interpersonal growth in the school chorus. Choral Journal, 48(2), 27-31. |

      Woody, R. H., & Parker, E. C. (2012). Encouraging participatory musicianship among university students. Research Studies in Music Education, 34(2), 189-205.

       

      Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

      Parker, E., Spears, A., & Draves, T. (in press). A case study of two music education majors with visual impairment. In B. Talbot (Ed.), Marginalized voices in music education. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

      Parker, E. C. (2015). Investigating selective practices in high school choral ensembles. In M. Campbell & L. Thompson (Eds.), Advances in music education research (pp. 127-147). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

      Parker, E. C. (revision in process). Beginnings. In. S. Burton & A. Reynolds (Eds.), Engaging musical practices: A sourcebook for elementary general music. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publication.


      Invited Practioner Writings and Review


      Parker, E. C. (2017, Spring). Fostering inclusive spaces in PK-12 music classrooms. PMEA News.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, January). The importance of adolescent voice [Blog post]. http://acdaeast.org/the-importance-of-adolescent-voice/

      Parker, E. C. (2015, Winter). Adolescence revisited. PMEA News, 80(2), 48-49.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, Fall). Untitled. [Back book jacket for Growing Musicians by Bridget Sweet]. NY, NY: Oxford University Press.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, Spring). edTPA. PMEA News, 79(4), 36-37.

      Parker, E. C. (2012, Spring). Different roads lead to Columbus State University. Education & Health Quarterly, 6(2), 8-9.

      International Presentations

      Parker, E. C., & Draves, T. J. (2016, July). A narrative of two preservice music education majors with visual impairment. Paper presentation at the International Society of Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland.

      Parker, E. C., & Sweet, B. (2016, July). Perceptions of identity as a female vocal musician. Paper presentation at the International Society of Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, June). Why adolescents sing. Paper presentation at the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education in New Orleans, LA.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, June). Investigating group processes of music-making with high school choral singers. Paper presentation at the Seventh International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education in East Lansing, MI.

      Parker, E. C. (2010, June). Investigating the ethics of selectivity of high school choral ensembles. Paper presentation at the Mayday Colloquium XXII on Music Education and Ethics in Montclair, NJ.

      Woody, R. H., & Parker, E. C. (2012, July), Challenging young adults to integrate music-making into their out-of-school lives and identities. Paper presentation at International Society of Music Education in Thessaloniki, Greece.

      National Presentations

      Parker, E. C., Spears, A., & Draves, T. (2017, April). A case study of two music education majors with visual impairment. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association [AERA] in San Antonio, TX.

      Parker, E. C. (2017, March). What happens in choir…Fostering adolescent development through singing. Paper Presentation at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

      Parker, E. C., Bond, V., & Powell, S. (2016, April). A grounded theory of preservice music educators’ lesson planning processes. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association [AERA] in Washington, DC.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, March). Uncovering the process of social identity development in high school adolescent women’s choral singers: A grounded theory. Paper presentation at the Society for Research in Music Education [NAfME] in Atlanta, GA.

      Parker, E. C., & Draves, T.  (2016, March). Tensions and perplexities within teacher education and P-12 schools for music teachers with visual impairments. Paper presentation at the Society for Research in Music Education [NAfME] in Atlanta, GA.

      Parker, E. C., & Draves, T. D. (2015, September). A narrative of two preservice music education student teachers who are visually impaired. Paper presentation at the Society for Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, NC.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, April). How I learned to sing: A phenomenology of one southeastern African-American church choir. Paper presentation at AERA in Chicago, IL.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, February). The experience of creating community: An intrinsic case study of four midwestern public school choral teachers. Paper presentation at Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium in Tampa, FL.

      Parker, E. C. (2014, April). An intrinsic case study of six southeastern public school music educators’ classroom management development. Poster presentation at Society for Research in Music Education [NAfME] in St. Louis, MO.

      Parker, E. C., & Powell, S. R. (2013, April). A phenomenological study of music education majors’ identity development in methods courses outside their areas of focus. Roundtable presentation at AERA in San Francisco, CA.

      Parker, E. C. (2012, April). Investigating selective practices in high school choral ensembles: An intrinsic case study. Paper presentation at AERA in Vancouver, BC.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, September). The experience of creating community: An intrinsic case study of four midwestern public school choral teachers. Paper presentation at the Society for Music Teacher Education Conference in Greensboro, NC.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, April). The process of social identity development in adolescent high school choral singers: A grounded theory. Paper presentation at AERA in New Orleans, LA.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, March). Examining adolescent choral singers' social development within school music ensembles: Suggestions & implications for choral educators. Roundtable presentation at National American Choral Directors Association in Chicago, IL.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, February) An intrinsic case study of two homeschooled undergraduates’ decisions to become and remain music education majors. Paper presentation at the Twelfth Biennial Desert Skies National Symposium on Research in Music Education in Tucson, AZ.

      Parker, E. C. (2010, March). Uncovering adolescent choral singers philosophical beliefs of music-making: A qualitative inquiry. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Music Education [MENC/ NAfME] in Anaheim, CA.

      Parker, E. C. (2009, June). Paradigms in music education research.  Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Music Education [MENC/NAfME] in Washington, DC.

      Parker, E. C. (2009, February). Student experiences of belonging within an urban high school chorus. Paper presentation at the Eleventh Biennial Desert Skies National Symposium on Research in Music Education in Tucson, AZ.

      Parker, E. C. (2007, April). The Kodaly method in a larger world: Contemporary debates and challenges using the Kodaly method in the choral classroom. Paper presentation at the American Hungarian Educators’ Association: Hungarians in a larger world in New York, NY.

      Powell, S. R., & Parker, E. C. (2012, March). Exploring preservice music teachers' reflections on successful and unsuccessful teachers. Paper presentation at NAfME in St. Louis, MO.

      Regional Presentations

      Parker, E. C. (2016, February). Saving the world through singing. Invited research roundtable at American Choral Directors Association Eastern in Boston, MA.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, February). What stays in choir…Adolescent development through singing. Paper presentation at American Choral Directors Association Eastern in Boston, MA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, October). Promoting healthy vocal development with every singer. Workshop presentation at Delaware Music Educators Association Conference, DE.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, April). An intrinsic case study of six southeastern public school music educators’ classroom management development. Paper and poster presentation at NAfME Eastern division in Providence, RI.

      Parker, E. C. (2010, March). Exploring student experiences of belonging within an urban high school choral ensemble. Poster presentation at the American Choral Directors Southern Division Conference in Memphis, TN.

      Parker, E. C. (2007, March). Philosophy, theory, practice, curriculum and reflection: The importance of thought and action to music educators new to the field. Poster presentation presented at the MENC/NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference.

      State Presentations

      Parker, E. C. (2017, March). “I love music because I love my voice”-- Building positive singing experiences in general music. Webinar presentation for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association [PMEA].

      Parker, E. C. (2017, January). Promoting healthy vocal development with every singer. Workshop presentation for School District of Philadelphia, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, November). Mutual engagement for student and teacher in middle school general music. Workshop presentation at District 12 Professional Development in Great Valley, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, November). Promoting healthy vocal development with P-12th grade singers. Workshop presentation at Greater Philadelphia Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing, Philadelphia, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, March). Fostering positive adolescent social development within school music contexts. Research-to-practice presentation at Pennsylvania Music Education Association [PMEA] in Hershey, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2016, March). Uncovering the process of social identity development in high school adolescent women’s choir singers: A grounded theory. Poster presentation at PMEA in Hershey, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, November). Promoting healthy vocal development with P-12 singers. Workshop presentation at Greater Philadelphia Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing, Philadelphia, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, November). Promoting healthy vocal development with adolescent singers. Workshop presentation at District 11 Professional Development in Blue Bell, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, November). Making music off of the page. Workshop presentation at District 11 Professional Development in Blue Bell, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, March). Developing classroom management: Master teachers speak. Research-to-practice presentation at PMEA in Hershey, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2015, March). Promoting healthy vocal development with every singer: Informed vocalizations, sightsinging practices, and aural concepts for choirs. Workshop presentation at PMEA in Hershey, PA.

      Parker, E. C. (2014, July). Exploring the pedagogies. Workshop presentation at New Jersey Music Educators Association Summer Conference in Ewing, NJ.

      Parker, E. C. (2014, January). Creating community: An intrinsic case study of four public school choral teachers. Paper presentation at Georgia Music Educators Association [GMEA] in Savannah.

      Parker, E. C. (2013, February). Partnering in literacy: Active music-making and storytelling. Workshop presentation for Muscogee General Music Teachers in Columbus, GA.

      Parker, E.C. (2013, February). The experience of community. Paper presentation at Faculty Forum series, Columbus State University Library in Columbus, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2013, January) Classroom management: Tips from master teachers. Workshop presentation at GMEA in Savannah, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2013, January). Paradigms in music education research: Reviewing traditional approaches and advancing contemporary perspectives. Poster presentation at GMEA in Savannah, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2012, January). Exploring social identity development in high school choral singers: A grounded theory. Paper presentation at GMEA in Savannah, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2011, September). Strengthening the sound: Warm ups, rounds and ear training

      exercises for choirs. Workshop presentation at Annual High School Choral Day at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2010, September). Balance and blend in the high school choir rehearsal. Workshop presentation at Annual High School Choral Day at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.

      Parker. E. C. (2010, September). Appropriate literature for beginning children’s choirs. Workshop presentation for Muscogee County General Music Teachers in Columbus, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2009, October). Day one at my first choral teaching position: Planning for success. Workshop presentation presented at the Collegiate NAfME/MENC Mini-Conference, Mercer University in Macon, GA.

      Parker, E. C. (2008, February). Intrapersonal and interpersonal growth in the school chorus. Poster presentation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Celebration of Graduate Student Work in Lincoln, NE.

      Parker, E. C. (2001, January). Choral music and the school curriculum. Workshop presentation at National Choral Council Professional Conference in New York, NY.

      Parker, E. C. (2000, October). Musical literacy in the choral classroom. Workshop presentation at National Choral Council Professional Conference in New York, NY.

      Parker, E. C. (1999, January). Musical literacy with young children in the choral context. Workshop presentation at National Choral Council Vocal Music in our Schools in New York, NY.


      Conducting Engagements

      • PMEA Dauphin County Elemtnary Chorus Festival, April 2017
      • Let Freedom Sing! National Girlchoir Festival, July 2016
      • PMEA District 8 South Elementary Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, April 2016.
      • GETMusic Festival: Guest Clinician, January 2016.
      • Pennsylvania Girlchoir Winter Concerts: Conductor, December 2015
      • Houston County Elementary School Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, March 2014.
      • Georgia Music Educators Association District III Elementary School Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, January 2014
      • Voices of the Valley: Spring and Winter Concerts 2013-2014.
      • Alabama Middle School Mixed All-State Choir: Guest Clinician, March 2013.
      • Voices of the Valley: Spring and Winter Concerts 2012.
      • Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Christmas in the Valley Guest Conductor, December 2012.
      • Georgia Music Educators Association District III Elementary School Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, January 2012.
      • Voices of the Valley: Spring and Winter Concerts 2011.
      • Georgia Music Educators Association District III Elementary School Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, January 2011.
      • Schwob School of Music Collegiate Chorale: Guest Conductor, November 2010.
      • Georgia Music Educators Association District III Middle School Honor Choir: Guest Clinician, January 2010.
      • High School Choral Day: Guest Clinician, Columbus, GA 2009, 2010, 2011.
      • Voices of the Valley:  Guest Conductor, 2010.
      • Marble Collegiate Children’s Choir, NY: Guest Conductor, 2006.
      • Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir, NY: Guest Conductor, 2004.

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