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Colleen M. Conway

Professor of Music Education


Colleen Conway is a professor of music education. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Conway’s scholarly interests include instrumental music education, preservice music teacher education, qualitative research, professional development for the in-service music teacher, and the mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers. She has presented at national and international conferences (including NAfME, The Midwest Clinic, AERA, and ISME) and has published more than 100 articles on these topics in all of the major music education journals.

Conway is currently editor-in-chief of Arts Education Policy Review and on the senior editorial board at Oxford University Press. Books in print include: Great Beginning for Music Teachers: A Guide to Mentoring and Induction (2003, Rowman & Littlefield); Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher (2006, GIA); Teaching Music in Higher Education (2009, 2020 Oxford); Handbook for the Music Mentor (2010, GIA); Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014, 2020 Oxford); and Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (2015, GIA). The Oxford Handbook on Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States (2019), Oxford) and Private Music Lessons: A Manual for Teachers (2019, Conway Publications)

Conway plays horn in the Adrian Symphony and lives in Tecumseh, Michigan with her husband, Dr. Thomas Hodgman. She has two children. Sarah Hodgman is an educational researcher, early childhood music teacher, and fitness instructor in Chicago, IL and Tommy Hodgman is studying to be a music educator.

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