Stephanie Cronenberg

Music Education

Stephanie Cronenberg (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016) is an assistant professor of music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She teaches courses in music education with a specialization in general music education.  Cronenberg’s mixed methods dissertation, entitled Music at the Middle: Principles that Guide Practice for Middle Level General Music Teachers, investigated the factors influencing US music teachers in their design and implementation of middle school general music.  Her research interests include middle level curriculum and pedagogy, general music, arts integration, and music teacher life history.  She specializes in narrative and mixed methods research methods.  Her work is published in the International Journal of Education and the Arts and Music Educators Journal, as well as the forthcoming second edition of The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education.  Her work has been presented at the American Educational Research Association, the International Conference for Research in Music Education, and the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.

From 2011–16, Cronenberg taught 7th and 8th grade general music at Campus Middle School for Girls in Champaign, IL. During this period, she also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign including Music for Elementary Educators, Theory and Practice in Elementary (K-8) School Teaching, and Arts in Elementary and Early Childhood. Prior to 2011, Cronenberg 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.  She holds a PhD in curriculum, instruction, and aesthetics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an EdM in arts in learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a MA in ethnomusicology from University of Maryland, College Park, and a BME from Wingate University.