Juliet Hess Assistant Professor of Music Education


  • Music Education

214 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-1813


Juliet Hess is assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University's College of Music. Her prior experience includes an appointment as assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University with a dual appointment in the School of Education. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary methods, foundations in music education, assessment in music education, and general music in the inclusive classroom.

Hess received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Toronto.

Hess’s research interests include anti-oppression education, activism in music and music education, music education for social justice, and the question of ethics in world music study. Her doctoral thesis, Radical Musicking: Challenging Dominant Paradigms in Elementary Music Education, focused on the work of four elementary music teachers who strove to challenge dominant paradigms of music education in their classrooms.

She has presented at many international conferences, most recently including the Research in Music Education Conference (RIME) in Exeter, UK. in April 2015, [JH1] the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil in July 2014, MayDay in Gettysburg in June 2014, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference in St. Louis in April 2014, and Research in Music Education (RIME) in Exeter, UK in April 2013. Her scholarly research has been published in the Philosophy of Music Education Review, Visions of Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, and Encounters on Education.

Hess formerly held a position teaching elementary and middle school vocal, instrumental, and world music at a public school board in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). She performs as a freelance percussionist, choral musician, and drummer and dancer in Ghanaian performance groups. Her compositional focus is on works for choir and for solo voice and chamber ensemble. A vocal/chamber ensemble work called Cloths of Heaven: 5 Poems of William Butler Yeats was premiered in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015. Her published choral works are geared towards younger singers and are lyrical in nature.