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Jennifer Mishra is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she worked at Associate Director of the UNC String Project. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree and a PhD from Kent State University.

Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Mishra was Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Houston and the Associate Director of the School of Music and Assistant Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to this, she was an orchestra director in Alton, Illinois and Denver, Colorado specializing in elementary and middle school orchestra.

Dr. Mishra researches in the area of music cognition, specifically focusing on musical memorization, sightreading, and expertise development. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has also presented at many national and international conferences.

A specialist in graduate and continuing studies, Dr. Mishra teaches courses that focus on leadership training and the pragmatic understanding of research and statistics, psychology of music, and philosophy of music education.

An active clinician and author, Dr. Mishra has presented on topics in string education, distance education, world music, and the use of technology in the classroom. She has served as a technology consultant for Glenco/McGraw-Hill and her arrangements for string orchestra are published by Alfred Publishing.

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mishraj@umsl.edu

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(314) 516-5984

office

106 Music Bldg.

Bio

Jennifer Mishra is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters and PhD in Music Education from Kent State University. Her research focuses on music teacher training, technology and music cognition, especially in the area of expertise development. She is a violist and taught orchestra and general music in Colorado and Illinois public schools. She is an active national and international clinician and has been published in journals such as Psychology of Music Journal of Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has served as a technology consultant for Glenco/McGraw-Hill and her arrangements for string orchestra are published by Alfred Publishing.

Experience Excerpt

University of Missouri – St. Louis                                                                               2012-present

Associate Professor of Music Education. Coordinator of Music Education and Director of the Master of Music Education program. Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in music education. Tenured.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra, section violist                                                      2012-present

University of Houston                                                                                                     2005-2011

Associate Professor of Music Education. Coordinator of Music Education. Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in music education. Tenured.

University of Northern Iowa                                                                                       2001-2005

Assistant Professor of Music Education. Associate Director for Graduate Studies in Music. Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in music education.

Performing Experience

Paducah Symphony Orchestra, section violist                                                      2012-2016

Freelance violist                                                                                                                1991-present

Including substitute violist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, section violist                                                   1997-1999

Education

Kent State University                                                                                                      1997-1999

PhD Music Education, minor in Psychology. Dissertation: The effects of altering environmental context on the performance of memorized music.

Kent State University                                                                                                      1992-1993

Master of Music Education. Courses in Ethnomusicology (Africa, Asia).

University of Northern Colorado                                                                               1987-1991

Bachelors of Music Education, minor in English. Violist. Associate Director of the UNC String Project.

 Research Publications Excerpt

Invited. "Musical Expertise" chapter the Oxford Handbook of Expertise: Research & Application. P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, J. Gore, and E. Roth (Eds.)

2016. Rhythmic and melodic sight reading interventions: Two meta-analyses. Psychology of Music, 44, 1082-1094. http://pom.sagepub.com/content/44/5/1082.abstract?rss=1

2015. Practising in the new world: A case study of practising strategies related to the premiere of contemporary music. Music Performance Research, 7. http://bit.ly/1EAOv42

2015. How the brain reads music: The evidence for musical dyslexia. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/how-the-brain-reads-music-evidence-for-musical-dyslexia-39550 Republished as “Is there such a thing as musical dyslexia?” in Newsweek on 4/18/15 http://www.newsweek.com/there-such-thing-musical-dyslexia-323003

2014. Memory. Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, B. Thompson & J. G. Golson (Eds.). Sage. pp 688-692 http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452283012.n230

2014. Factors Related to Sight-Reading Accuracy: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Research in Music Education, 61(4), 452 - 465. doi: 10.1177/0022429413508585

2014. Improving Sightreading Accuracy: A Meta-Analysis. Psychology of Music, 42(2), 131-156. doi: 10.1177/0305735612463770

2013. Making listening instruction meaningful: A literature review. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 31(2), 4-10. http://upd.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/01/28/8755123312473609

2011. A Qualitative Investigation of Introductory Courses in Music Education at NASM Accredited Colleges and Universities. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 190, 7-19.

2011. Influence of strategy on memorization efficiency. Music Performance Research, 4, 60-71. http://mpr-online.net/Issues/Volume%204%20%5B2011%5D/Mishra.pdf

2010. Effects of structure and serial position on memory errors in musical performance. Psychology of Music, 38(4), 447-461.

2010. A century of memorization pedagogy. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 32(1), 3-18.

2008. Predicting memorization efficiency through compositional characteristics. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 177, 45-62.

2007. The effects of altering environmental and instrumental context on the performance of memorized music. Psychology of Music, 35(3), 453-472.

2005. A theoretical model of musical memory. Psychomusicology, 19(1), 75-89.

2004. Internet Research/Web Consultant for text "Music! It's Role and Importance  in Our Lives" 2nd edition published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill  

2002. A qualitative analysis of strategies employed in efficient and inefficient memorization. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 152, 74-86.  

2002. Context-dependent memory: Implications for musical performance. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 20(2), 27-31.  

Pedagogical Publications Excerpt

2009. Proactive Classroom Management. Southwestern Musician.

2008. Teaching Master Classes: Taking a Lesson from the Performers. American String Teacher, 58(1), 76-77.

2007. “Suite for Strings” Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, volume 3. David Littrell (Ed.). G.I.A Publications.

2007. “Modal Festival” Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, volume 3. David Littrell (Ed.). G.I.A Publications.

2004. Focusing internet searches for world music resources. General Music Today, 18(1), 40-44.

2003. Easing into Vibrato. American String Teacher, 53(4), 84-87.  

1998. A case of semantics. American String Teacher, 48(2).

1994. Are we teaching our string players to fear? Teaching Music, 2(3).

Professional Presentations Excerpt

2015, March. How the Brain Sight Reads. Music Teacher’s National Association Conference, Las Vegas.

2015, February. iPractice: Practice Room Technology Beyond the Metronome. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2014, November. Practicing in the 21st Century: Technology Beyond the Metronome. College Music Society 56th National Conference St. Louis, MO.

2014, November. Performing from Memory: Historical Roots. College Music Society 56th National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

2014, April. Practicing in the new world: Initial investigation of practicing strategies related to the première of contemporary music. NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

2014, March. Journal of Research in Music Education podcast. http://jrm.sagepub.com/site/misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml

2013, February.  Memorization as performance practice. London International Piano Symposium, London, U. K.

2012, February. Rehearse for practice: Practice to rehearse. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2012, February. Hooked on orchestra: Recruiting students and keeping them. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2012, February. Distance education: It CAN work for music. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2011, October. Improving sightreading accuracy: A meta-analysis. 11th RAIME International Symposium. Boston, MA.

2010, May. Why we memorize: Memorization as a performance practice. International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy, Ottawa.

2010, February. Current trends in music education. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2010, February. Action research: Research in action. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2009, October. Encoding specificity effect in musical memory. 10th RAIME international Symposium, Gothenburg, Sweden.

2009, August. Teachers helping teachers: A teaching master class. Texas Orchestra Directors Association Conference, San Antonio.

2009, February. Practically research: Using research to advocate for music programs. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2008, April. Preservice teachers’ attitudes toward teaching strings. 61st MENC National Biennial In-Service Conference. Milwaukee.

2008, March. When musical memory fails: Where does my memory go? American String Teachers Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

2008, March. Teachers helping teachers: A teaching master class. American String Teacher’s Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

2008, February. What band directors should know about choosing string repertoire. TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2008, January. Adding improvisation to standard string repertoire. IMEA (Illinois) All-State Conference, Peoria.

2007, May. A musical Stroop test to explore interference of melody and lyrics during sightsinging. Language and Music as Cognitive Systems, Cambridge, U.K.

2007, February. With interactive webpages, your students can play! TMEA (Texas) Clinic/Convention, San Antonio.

2006, August. Predicting memorization efficiency through compositional characteristics. 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy.

2006, March. Afraid to break a string?: Fun lesson plans for an orchestra substitute. American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO.

2005, October. With interactive webpages, your students can play! WMEA (Wisconsin) Conference, Madison.

2005, August. The effects of altering environmental context on the performance of memorized music. National Convention on Keyboard Pedagogy, Chicago, IL. – Outstanding Research Award.

2005, February. I wonder why. String research approaches and topics. American String Teachers National Conference, Reno, NV.

2004, April. Wide web world musics: Web-based multicultural materials. 59th MENC Biennial In-service National Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2003, February. A qualitative analysis of strategies employed in efficient and inefficient memorization. Desert Skies: Symposium on Research in Music Education, Tucson, AZ.

2002, August. On the universality of music: The importance of culture on the definition of ‘music’. MayDay Group Colloquium XI, Bergen, Norway.

2002, August. Distance education: The expanding universe-ity. 25th ISME Conference in Music Education, Bergen, Norway.

2002, April. Context dependent memory: Implications for musical performance Royal College of Music Investigating Music Performance Conference, London, England.

2002, April. From near and far: Using web-based course management systems in college music teaching. 9th International Technological Directions in Music Learning, San Antonio, TX.

2000, August. The effects of altering environmental context on the performance of memorized music. 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Keele, U.K.

2000, March. The effects of altering environmental context on the performance of memorized music. 57th MENC Biennial In-service National Conference, Washington, D.C.

Grants, Awards, & Honors

2013. Pennsylvania State University Visiting Scholar.

2013. College of Fine Arts and Communications Faculty Research/Creative Award

2012. University of Missouri – St. Louis New Faculty Innovation Grants

2011. Joint Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and University Women’s Professional Advancement Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award

2005. National Convention on Keyboard Pedagogy Outstanding Research Award.

2003. Pi Kappa lambda. National Music Honor Society.

Arrangements

Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition [string orchestra arrangement]. Alfred Publishing

Conducting & Judging

2015, March. Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Solo and Ensemble Contest, judge. Collinsville, Illinois

2014, March. Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Solo and Ensemble Contest, judge. Alton, Illinois

2014, February. E. Des Lee Middle School Music Festival, conductor. St. Louis, Missouri.

2013, November. Illinois District 6 Middle School Orchestra, conductor. Carbondale, Illinois

2008 Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest, Austin, TX                                                                                                                              

2007, November. All-Region Middle School String Orchestra, Fort Bend ISD, conductor. Sugar Land, Texas.

2007, April. Sartartia Middle School, guest conductor. Fort Bend ISD. Sugar Land, Texas

Professional Board & Editorial Reviews

Psychology of Music, reviewer                                                                                                                                          

World Journal of Psychiatry, reviewer                                                                                                                                                                 

Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, reviewer                                                                                                

Texas Music Education Research, reviewer                                                                                                                                                                                         

Cengage Learning, textbook reviews                                                                                         

Oxford University Press, textbook reviews                         

Journal of String Research Editorial Board                                                                                                                       

Professional Memberships

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Society for Research in Music Education (SRME)

Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC)

College Music Society (CMS)

MayDay Group

References available upon request