Biography of GIML President Heather Nelson Shouldice

Heather Nelson Shouldice is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she coordinates the music education program, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, supervises student teachers, and directs the early childhood music program through EMU’s Community Music Academy. Before joining the faculty at EMU, Dr. Shouldice taught elementary general music for 10 years in the public schools of Michigan and also has experience teaching early childhood music in a variety of settings. Dr. Shouldice holds a PhD and a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, all in music education.

Dr. Shouldice has completed GIML PDLCs in instrumental and elementary general music and has been a GIML faculty member in elementary general music since 2007. She has previously served GIML as president elect, education commission chair, and past-president of the Michigan chapter. In addition to her service to GIML, Dr. Shouldice also serves on the board of the Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA).

Dr. Shouldice presents workshops and conference sessions for music educators across the country on a variety of topics such as early childhood music, effective sequencing of instruction, music literacy, improvisation, and composition in the elementary music classroom. Her research interests include music teacher beliefs and their relationships to teaching practice, music teacher identity development, and musical development and musical identity in young children. Dr. Shouldice’s research and writing have been published in the GIML Audea, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Michigan Music Educator.