Faculty & Staff
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.
Stephanie Cronenberg, Assistant 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. As the Director of Clinical Experience and Practice, Dr. Cronenberg oversees all aspects of the undergraduate music education certification process.Dr. Cronenberg specializes in narrative and mixed methods approaches to social inquiry. Her research interests emerge from her teaching practice and currently focus on three primary strands: middle level general music, mixed methods research practices, and current teacher education practices. 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 specific research projects focus on the teaching of general music at the middle level (grades 5-8) and methodological implementation of the dialectic stance in mixed methods inquiry. Her work on middle level general music has been published in several journals including the Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. Her work in mixed methods has been published in the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and the International Journal of Research and Method in Education.
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.