Jennifer Blackwell has been appointed assistant professor of music education at the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2022. 

Blackwell is a Canadian music educator, music researcher, and saxophonist. She is currently assistant professor of instrumental music education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests include applied music teaching expertise (from behavioral, cognitive, social, cultural, and affective perspectives), music performance expertise, popular music pedagogy, applications of authentic context learning paradigms, and teacher training.

She has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music EducationJournal of Music Teacher EducationJournal of Research in Music PerformanceInternational Journal of Music Education; Research Studies in Music Education; Frontiers in Psychology; The Saxophone SymposiumGender, Education, Music and Society; and Canadian Music Educator. She has presented research at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the International Symposium on Performance Science, the International Society for Music Education Conference, the Association for Popular Music Education National Conference, the Canadian New Music Network Forum, the Michigan Music Conference, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association Conference, the Indiana Music Educators Conference, and the Canadian Conference for Music Education, among others. She has also worked extensively as a woodwind studio teacher and ensemble director in Canada and the United States.

Blackwell holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Western Ontario, master’s degrees in music education and saxophone performance from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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