Cynthia Taggart Professor of Music Education

Area(s):

  • Music Education

209 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-9678

About:

Cynthia Taggart is professor of music education at the Michigan State University College of Music.

She received her B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University. In addition to being a faculty member, she is immediate past president of the College Music Society. Taggart directs and teaches in the Early Childhood Music Program of the MSU Community Music School. She received the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar award.  Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught for four years at Case Western Reserve University, where she won the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also has extensive elementary and preschool teaching experience in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Taggart's publications include co-authorship of Music Play, Best Music for Young Bands and co-editorship of Learning from Young Children, The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory, and Readings in Music Learning Theory, in which she wrote chapters, entitled "The Measurement and Evaluation of Music Aptitudes and Achievement" and "Rhythm Syllables: A Comparison of Systems."  She is also in the process of co-authoring Jump Right In: The General Music Curriculum. In addition, she has written extensively for professional journals. Her research interests are early childhood music, measurement, psychology of music, music learning theory, and music aptitude.

Books:

  • Co-author with Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum Grades K-6. Revision. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Co-editor with Suzanne Burton. Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2011.
  • Co-editor with Maria Runfola. The Development and Practical Applications of Music Learning Theory.  Chicago: GIA Publications, 2005.
  • Co-author with Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. Vaiko Muzikalumo Puoselejimas. Lithuanian translation of compilation of Edwin Gordon's Guiding Your Child's Musical Development and Experimental Songs and Chants, Kronta, 1999.
  • Co-author with Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. Music Play: The Early Childhood Music Curriculum. Chicago:  GIA Publications, 1998.
  • Co-author with Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. The Early Childhood Music Curriculum: Experimental Songs and Chants, Book One. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1993.
  • Co-author with Thomas Dvorak. Best Music for Young Band: A Selective Guide to the Young Band/Young Wind Ensemble Repertoire.  Brooklyn, New York: Manhattan Beach Music, 1986.
  • Co-editor with Daryl Walters. Readings in Music Learning Theory: Theory and Practice. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1989.

Articles and Chapters in Books:

  • Co-author with Jennifer Alvarez and Kathy Schubert. "The Role of Early Childhood Music Class Participation in the Development of Four Children with Speech and Language Delay." In S. Burton and C. Taggart (Eds.) Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (2011) pp. 289-307.
  • Co-author with Lisa Koops. "Learning Through Play: Extending an Early Childhood Music Education Approach to Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education." Journal of Music Teacher Education. 20. (April 2011), pp. 55-66.
  • "Development Through Play." Perspectives, 2:3 (Summer 2007), p. 1.
  • Co-author with Christina Hornbach. "Relationship between Developmental Tonal Aptitude and Singing Achievement among Kindergarten, First-, Second-, and Third-grade Students." Journal of Research in Music Education, (Winter 2006), pp. 322-331.
  • "Meeting the Needs of All Students in Elementary General Music." In The Development and Practical Application and Music Learning Theory. G.I.A. Publications, 2005.
  • "Child-Centered Play in Music: Developmentally Appropriate Practice." Early Childhood Connections, 9:2 (Spring 2003), pp. 15-23.
  • "Developing Musicianship Through Musical Play." (Reprint) Spotlight on Early Childhood Music Education, Reston, VA: MENC Publications, (2000).
  • Co-author with Peter Gouzouasis. "Music Learning and Language Learning: A Metaphor from an Organismic Perspective." Update, 13:2 (Spring-Summer 1995): pp. 9-13.
  • "A Validity Study of Audie: A Test of Music Aptitude for 3- and 4-Year-Old Children." Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 121 (Summer 1994): pp. 42-54.
  • "Our Role In Educating The Educational Community." General Music Today. 5:1 (Fall 1991): 14-17.
  • "The Measurement and Evaluation of Music Aptitudes and Achievement," in Readings in Music Learning Theory: Theory and Practice. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1989.
  • "Rhythm Syllables: A Comparison of Systems," in Readings in Music Learning Theory: Theory and Practice. Chicago: GI. Publications,1989.