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The mission of the Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU) is to:

  • transform practice in music education
  • build and advance a research-based pedagogy of teaching for musical understanding
  • support pre-K-12 music educators in Michigan, the United States, and internationally
  • demonstrate how research informs professional practice in music education
  • seek national and international eminence in applied research in musical understanding at Oakland University
  • support faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in musical understanding
The center hosts a biennial international conference on music learning and teaching, hosts in-service conferences for music education researchers, and publishes materials that support the work of music educators, music teacher educators, and music education researchers.

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The Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU) sponsors a wide range of lectures and workshops for music educators at all levels. Recent events hosted or sponsored by CARMU have included lectures by Tom Barone and Gloria Ladsen-Billings. Listen to Tom Barone's presentations on iTunes U.

2014 workshop information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Active Members from Affiliated Institutions
  • Margaret Barrett, professor of Music Education, head of School of Music, University of Queensland
  • Gena Greher, associate professor of Music Education, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Magne Espeland, senior lecturer in Music Education, Stord/Haugesund University, Norway
  • Bo Wah Leung, lecturer in Music Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Katherine Marsh, senior lecturer in Music Education, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Marie McCarthy, professor of Music Education, University of Michigan
  • Douglas Orzolek, associate professor of Music Education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Alex Ruthmann, associate professor of Music Education and Music Technology, New York University
  • Deborah Blair, Associate Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
  • Jackie Wiggins, Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
  • Phyllis Wolfe White, special lecturer, Oakland University; PhD in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Joseph Shively, Associate Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
Advisory Members
  • Thomas Barone, professor of emeritus of Education, Arizona State University
  • Liora Bresler, professor of Education, University of Illinois
K-12 Practitioner Members
  • Daniel Abrahams, Omaha Public Schools; PhD in Music Education, Oakland University
  • John Barron, Chipewa Valley Schools 
  • Jonathan Busch, Southfield Christian School; PhD in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Don Chisholm, Bloomfield Hills Schools
  • Lori Cleland, Farmington Schools; M.M. in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Sharon Davis, Loudoun Public Schools, VA; Ph.D. in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Joshua Grekin, The Little Bands School; Ph.D. in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Patricia Hall, Detroit Public Schools (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Dorothy Hause, Van Dyke Public Schools (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Wesley Knoch, Charter School, Marshall, MI; M.M. in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Shinko Kondo, OU Music Preparatory Division Faculty (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Miroslav Manovski, Birmingham Schools; PhD in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Mike Medvinsky, Bloomfield Hills Schools
  • Cheryl Ogonowski, Rochester Community Schools; M.M. in Music Education, Oakland University
  • Tara Sievers-Hunt, Marygrove College (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Spiros Xydas, Troy Community Schools (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Jocelyn Zelasko, voice teacher (current Oakland University doctoral student)
  • Shelley Zuziak, Rochester Community Schools (current Oakland University doctoral student)


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Teaching for Musical Understanding offers a learner-centered, constructivist approach to the practice of teaching music. Rooted in current theories of learning and years of classroom experience, the text brings innovation and real-world practicality to music and music teacher education classrooms.

The second edition draws on more contemporary theories of learning and expands the social constructivist vision set forth in the first edition to reflect more contemporary work. The new edition also offers additional lesson and unit plans for more advanced students.

Bookstores should contact CARMU for pricing information.

Click here to purchase Teaching for Musical Understanding



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Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding

Oakland University
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
207 Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2287
carmu@oakland.edu