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Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Music educator Peter Miksza appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

June 14, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announces that Peter Miksza will be joining its Music Education Department as associate professor of music in the fall of 2011.

Miksza's teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate courses with emphases on instrumental music teacher preparation, psychological dimensions of music teaching and learning and research methods. He will also work with graduate students to develop and carry out original research projects as theses and dissertations.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Miksza served as band director at Pequannock Valley Middle School, assistant marching band director at Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey and assistant professor of music education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"Peter Miksza is a young, dynamic force in music education," said Brent Gault, chair of the Music Education Department. "We are excited to welcome him to our faculty and look forward to the energy and expertise he will contribute."

Miksza received a Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey, and Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Indiana University.

His primary research interests lie in the investigation of music practicing and music teacher preparation. He has presented papers at regional, national and international research conferences and has articles and book chapters published in several prominent peer-reviewed publications, such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Contributions to Music Education, Music Education Research International and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Miksza serves on the Advisory Committee of the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, is an active participant in the Society for Music Teacher Education and serves as a reviewer for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award issued by the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida.

Miksza founded and directed the University of Colorado Middle School Wind and String Ensemble, a middle school band and string outreach program, and co-founded the university's innovative music teacher recruitment program, Trying on Teaching. In addition, he served as faculty advisor for the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference chapter at the school.