May 20, 2009
Coordinator, Music Theory and Cognition program. Coordinator, first-year theory and aural skills curriculum. A Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer, Susan Piagentini’s research interests integrate pedagogy with an emphasis on technology. A former recipient of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence grants to develop web-based materials to supplement the undergraduate core curriculum, Piagentini participated in the Educational Technology Teaching Fellows Program (2016-17) at Northwestern, working alongside the NUIT to develop video assessment and mentoring templates within the Canvas course management system. Along with Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass, Piagentini is the co-author of Fundamentals of Music: Rudiments, Musicianship and Composition, and is now preparing forthcoming 7th edition, released by Pearson. This textbook is coupled with an online assessment tool, Exposition Music. The design and development of Exposition is based on five years of research in music theory placement exams and provides a pedagogically sound environment for student testing in music. Piagentini has given workshops and papers at national and regional conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), Technological Directions in Music Learning, Indiana University at IUPUI Music Technology Conference and the College Music Society (CMS). She is past president of the Great Lakes Regional CMS chapter, and served on the CMS national Professional Development committee.