Faculty & Staff

Stephanie Cronenberg
Head of Music Education, Director of Clinical Experience and Practice, Associate Professor

Music education at RU challenges students to think deeply about the realities of music teaching and prepares them to cultivate a diverse and richly musical classroom community filled with joyful and active musical learners.

Degrees & Accomplishments
PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
EdM in Arts in Education, Harvard University
MA in Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland, College Park
BME, Wingate University
New Book, "Fertile Ground in Middle Level General Music," published by Routledge

Stephanie Cronenberg, Associate Professor of Music, was appointed to the Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty in 2016. She teaches undergraduate courses in music education with an emphasis on general music methods and graduate courses in research and pedagogy. She currently serves as the Area Head of the Music Education Program. Dr. Cronenberg specializes in narrative, survey, and mixed methods approaches to social inquiry. Her research interests emerge from her teaching practice and currently focus on these primary strands: middle level music and arts learning, general music, mixed methods research practices, and current teacher education practices. In 2022, she published her first book, Fertile Ground in Middle Level General Music. Her 2016 mixed methods dissertation, Music at the Middle: Principles that Guide Middle Level General Music Teachers, received third place in the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition hosted by the AERA Mixed Methods Special Interest Group. Her recent research projects focus on middle level music education, teaching middle level general music and the methodological implementation of the dialectic stance in mixed methods inquiry. Her research has been published in Arts Education Policy Review, Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and Research in Middle Level Education Online.

Prior to her appointment at Rutgers University, Dr. Cronenberg taught 7th and 8th grade general music at Campus Middle School for Girls as well as undergraduate and graduate courses at the College of Education and School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to 2011, she served as Director of Education and Community Programs at The Choral Arts Society of Washington (DC) and taught 4th through 7th grade general music at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD.