New Music Education Faculty Member hired

The College of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan D. Shaw.

Assistant Professor of Music Education Ryan D. Shaw

A leader in music education policy with exceptional talents as a teacher, multi-instrumentalist and conductor will join the Michigan State University faculty beginning August 2018. The appointment of Ryan D. Shaw as an assistant professor of music education further solidifies the College of Music as a premier institution in the field of music education scholarship, teaching and innovation.

“Ryan brings experience and passion to our department in the areas of instrumental music education and music education policy,” says Mitchell Robinson, associate professor and chair of the Music Education area. “Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, will benefit greatly from his talent and skills as a teacher-scholar.”

Shaw has published in top journals and serves on the editorial boards of several of the most prestigious publications in the field of music education. He is active in numerous professional organizations, and a frequent presenter at music education conferences and clinics. As an educator, Shaw has taught at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He also taught middle and high school band for six years in two Michigan public school districts. His ensembles commissioned and premiered pieces, worked with guest artists, and performed at a consistently high level, earning superior ratings at district and state festivals.

Shaw earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and came to MSU for his Ph.D. in music education. While at MSU, Shaw’s duties spanned teaching, serving as an adviser for the NAfME collegiate chapter, and arranging and conducting for the Spartan Marching Band.

Shaw says he is excited about returning to MSU to be part of a supportive music education community. His experiences as a doctoral student immersed him in what he describes as a uniquely MSU environment that fosters collaboration among undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

“I’m looking forward to getting a chance to work with people who I look up to very much,” says Shaw. “I’m thrilled at the idea of pushing myself to teach well every day and to make positive contributions to the field of music education.”

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