About the AuthorsThese lesson plans were primarily created and edited by Patricia Shehan Campbell, PhD, Christopher Roberts, PhD, Karen Howard, Laurie K. Sommers, and Dr. Rita Klinger, PhD. Additional contributors include Meg Stohlmann, Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, Will Coppola, J. Mike Kohfeld, Lisa Mansfield, Daniel Rossi, Karli Anderson, Kathy Svajdlenka, Rachel Bernstein, Kyler Brumbaugh, Anton Coleman, Jessica Blackwood, Sarah J. Bartolome, Sarah Watts and Julie Bannerman.
Return to Lessons
Patricia Shehan Campbell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the interface of ethnomusicology and music education at the University of Washington. She is author of Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children's Lives, co-editor of the Global Music Series and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures, and co-author of Music in Childhood (4th edition, 2013).
Christopher Roberts received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and teaches K-5 music in Seattle. An active workshop clinician for music educators throughout the United States, he has taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, and Seattle University.
Karen Howard has been making music with children for the last 20 years. Karen is also a specialist in multicultural music and dance, particularly music from Ghana and the Balkans. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle. Laurie Kay Sommers is a folklorist and ethnomusicologist who served as program director for the Lomax Michigan Legacy Project from 2013-2015. Since 2000, she has collaborated with educators to produce classroom materials that incorporate folklife in educational environments. Sample projects include Folkwriting-Lessons on Place, Heritage, and Tradition (with the South Georgia Writing Project) and The Florida Music Train (winner of the 2003 Dorothy Howard Prize from the American Folklore Society).
Rita Klinger was a nationally recognized specialist in the musical education of children, and an expert in the Kodaly approach. She served on the faculties of Holy Names College (Oakland CA), the University of Washington, and Cleveland State University. She was an experienced teacher of music in both public and private schools from early childhood through the tertiary level.