Dr. Heil's first area of research is focused on effective teaching strategies and curriculum content in middle and high school choral music classrooms. This research includes creative teaching and learning, as well as choices in choral literature selection. Research in this focus area is conducted in public school choral programs with both practicing choral educators and students. Data is gathered in areas of musical and vocal growth as well as perception and attitude. A second area of research focuses on pre-service teacher identity development. This research is conducted with university students studying pre-service teacher education.
choral music education, vocal jazz, adolescent vocal production, effective teaching and rehearsal strategies, methodology, creativity
MUSC 1103 - Becoming a Music Teacher
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provides an introduction to basic principles and practices of the music education profession. Explores contexts and methods of public school music teaching through class discussions, practice teaching and directed observations. Offered fall only.
MUSC 3193 - Vocal Pedagogy and Literature for Young Voices
Provides an overview of vocal anatomy/function, care of the voice, vocal repertoire, teaching strategies,and other specialized topics related to singing instruction in both private studio and public school choral settings. Fall section for instrumentalists; spring section for vocalists.
MUSC 4193 - Student Teaching Seminar
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
Required for all music student teachers. Addresses topics of concern to beginning teachers including classroom management, interpersonal skills, legal issues, job search strategies and capstone project development.
MUSC 4203 - Music Methods Practicum
Provides students with opportunities to observe and practice the use of various teaching techniques and relate them to concepts presented in the methods course. Students consult with the instructor to determine appropriate placements in schools.