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Amber Peterson, Ph.D.

Position
Assistant Professor of Music, Kilmer Chair for Strings Education
Email Address
Amber.Peterson@sckans.edu
Phone
(620) 229-6113
Bio

Dr. Amber Dahlén Peterson, is an Associate Professor of Music at Southwestern College. She began in the fall of 2014. Dr. Peterson is also The Mazie Barnett Kilmer Endowed Chair for Strings Education, and Music Director and Conductor of the South Kansas Symphony.

Dr. Peterson enjoys playing in orchestras, practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, and running her children to all their activities. Her husband, Sean, is a Materials Engineer at Case-International Harvester. They have two children, Natalie and Liam, as well as a champion long-haired dachshund (Iris) and two cats (Fluffles and PJ). 

Highlighted courses/instruction at Southwestern

  • South Kansas Symphony
  • Williams String Quartet
  • Private Violin & Viola Lessons
  • String Techniques
  • Foundations of Music Education/Teaching
  • Psychology of Music Learning
  • Secondary Instrumental Methods
  • Pedagogy Forum
  • Intermediate & Advanced Methods & Pedagogy
  • Beginning & Advanced Conducting
  • Symphonic Conducting Practicum
  • Music History I
  • Orchestration
  • Music Theory I & II

Academic History 

Schools attended

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music

Degrees earned

  • Bachelor of Music Education-Instrumental
  • Master of Music Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
  • Suzuki Violin Teacher Training 

Highlighted Achievements 

Awards

  • John Deere-Moline School District Business & Education Partnership Special Recognition Award
  • Viennese Ball Senior Award

Publications

  • Peterson, A.D. (2020). Playing and teaching with double joints. American String Teacher, 70(2), 35-38.
  • Johnson, D.C., Peterson, A.D., Spears, A., Vest, J.V. (2017). Investigating “Understanding by Design” in the National Music Education Standards: Perspectives and Practices of Music Teacher Educators. Visions of Research in Music Education, 30.
  • Peterson, A.D. (2014). A View of Current Evaluative Practices in Instrumental Music Teacher Education. Arts Education Policy Review, 115(4).
  • Peterson, A.D. (2012). Expectations of Automaticity in Beginning Instrumental Music Educators. Dissertation Abstracts International. (UMI No. 3520789.)  
  • Peterson, A.D. (2012). Teaching Out of Context: Developing Skills on Secondary Instruments. American String Teacher, 62(2), 26-29.
  • Peterson, A.D. (2011). The Impact of Neuroscience on Music Education Advocacy and Philosophy. Arts Education Policy Review, 112(4), 206-213.
  • Peterson, A.D. (2010). Voyages of Research: A Conversation with Randall Allsup. Contributions to Music Education, 37(2), 105-111.

Research

  • Women in Research: An Analysis of Music Education Publications, 1992-2017 (Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop Research Poster Session, February 2020 & Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Research and Best Practice Poster Session, September 2019)
  • Understanding By Design and Music Education: An Examination of Its Current Application (Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Sixth Biennial Colloquium for Teachers of Instrumental Music Methods, Research Poster Session, May 2015) (Co-researchers – Dr. Daniel Johnson, Dr. Amy Spears, Dr. Johnathan Vest)
  • What they should be able to do: Skill expectations for beginning band and orchestra teachers (Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Research and Best Practice Poster Session, September 2013)
  • Student Teaching and the Effective Music Educator: A Content Analysis of Music Teacher Education Research Articles, 1997-2011 (Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Research and Best Practice Poster Session, September 2013)
  • Expectations of Automaticity in Beginning Instrumental Music Educators (American String Teachers Association National Conference, Research Poster Session, March 2013)
  • Curricular Trends in the Preparation of Instrumental Music Educators (Iowa Music Educators Association State Conference, Research Poster Session, November 2012)
  • Effectiveness of Instrumental Teacher Education in Preparation to Teach Secondary Instruments(Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Fourth Biennial Colloquium for Teachers of Instrumental Music Methods, Research Poster Session, May 2011)
  • A Case Study Comparing Three Approaches to Pre-Service String Education (American String Teachers Association National Conference, Research Poster Session, March 2011)
  • Effectiveness of Instrumental Teacher Education in Preparation to Teach Secondary Instruments(Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, Research Poster Session, January 2011)

Lecture/Speaking Engagement Topics

Topics that Dr. Peterson would be able to lecture/speak on:

  • Start Them Strong: How Super Lessons Can Give Your String Beginners a Head Start
  • Teaching Outside the Comfort Zone: Tips for Band and Choir Specialists in the Orchestra Classroom
  • Appreciating Music Appreciation: Strategies for Teaching All Students
  • Neural Knowledge: How Teaching Students about the Brain Can Benefit Music
  • The Double Trouble of Double Joints: Issues and Modifications for Hypermobility in String Playing
  • An Examination of “Understanding by Design” in the National Music Education Standards:Perspectives and Practices of Music Teachers and Music Teacher Educators
  • Laboratory Ensembles: Improving Skill Acquisition for Pre-Service Music Educators
  • Freedom to Focus: An Alternative View of Professional Skill Acquisition in Music Teacher Education
  • Trends in Instructional Experiences of Pre-Service Instrumental Music Educators
  • Automaticity in Teaching Skills: Music Teacher Educators’ Expectations for Beginning Instrumental Music Teachers
  • Why You Do What You Do: The Science Behind Suzuki
  • This is your brain on advocacy: Are we ready to use neuroscience?
  • Can you teach more than strings? How is our undergraduate training preparing us for the possibility of teaching secondary instruments?

Interests/Volunteer

Civic/Volunteer involvements

  • Principal Viola of Delano Chamber Orchestra
  • Section Viola of Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony
  • KASTA Solo Competition Co-Chair 
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