School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

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Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Jackie Wiggins

Jackie Wiggins

Jackie Wiggins
Distinguished Professor of Music Education
Founding Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

(248) 370-2030

Read Dr. Wiggins' curriculum vitae
Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU) website
Order Dr. Wiggins' book Teaching for Musical Understanding (3rd ed.) online

Jackie Wiggins is Distinguished Professor of Music Education, Founding Director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Wiggins also serves as a mentor in the music education doctoral program, an active, innovative program that attracts students who are interested in studying music learning and teaching from a constructivist perspective. She was the first recipient of Oakland University’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (2014) and several of her doctoral students have been recognized with university and national dissertation awards.

Internationally known for her work in constructivist music education and children’s musical creative process, Wiggins is a prolific author and active presenter. Her professional work includes more than 50 publications, more than 200 presentations, and invited keynotes on four continents, including the National Conference of the Australian Society of Music Education (2009), the International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME 2011), and the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research in Taipei (2011). Her book Teaching for Musical Understanding (3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2015) is used by music educators around the world. 

Recent book chapters include “Musical Agency,” in The Child As Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2016), “Teaching Music with a Social Constructivist Vision of Learning,” in Approaches to Teaching General Music: Methods, Issues, and Viewpoints. (Oxford University Press, 2016), “Creating in Music Learning Contexts” (with Magne Espeland) in the Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2012), "Scaffolding Student Composers," (with Michael Medvinsky) in Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition (Oxford University Press, 2012), and “When the Music Is Theirs: Scaffolding Young Songwriters,” in A Cultural Psychology for Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2011).

She serves as reviewer and editorial board member for a range of research journals, including the CRME Bulletin, Research Studies in Music Education, International Journal for Education and the Arts, the Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, and The Journal of Creative Music Activity for Children (Japan).