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Louise Patrick, Ph.D.

Photo of Louise Patrick, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music
Head of Music Education: Class Piano
Phone: (239) 590-1377
Office: MUS 115

Louise Patrick grew up in Chicago, IL and began her serious piano study with Saul Dorfman in the Preparatory Division of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University. For undergraduate study, she attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After several years of teaching K-12 vocal/general music in Michigan public schools she returned to Michigan State University (East Lansing) where she completed both the M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in music education under Robert Sidnell.  During that time she taught class piano, music fundamentals and methods for elementary education majors at M.S.U. and participated in many aspects of the Michigan Music Assessment effort – a pilot project aimed at assessing musical knowledge and skill abilities in Michigan’s 4th, 7th and 11th graders, in conjunction with traditional (i.e., math, reading, language arts) state assessments.

Her collegiate teaching experiences continued at Kansas State University (Manhattan) where she taught elementary music methods for music majors and supervised student teachers involved in the MITEC (Multi-Institution Teacher Education Consortium) program.  (This effort, supported by several universities in Kansas, was created to encourage students from rural areas of the state to ‘leave home’ and student teach in urban/inner city environments.)  A position at Minnesota State University-Mankato offered opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate level teaching, as well as supervision of student teachers and graduate projects/theses.  During this time, Dr. Patrick began a series of research studies with pre-school children at the Children’s House, a university-sponsored  childcare facility.

She returned to Michigan in 1990 to accept a position at Eastern Michigan University and remained there for twenty years.  During that time she worked to redesign the music courses required for elementary education students, to improve the undergraduate and graduate music education curricula for the Department of Music & Dance, and to serve as the program coordinator for both degree programs in preparation for national accreditations.  She was an active clinician at state, regional and national MENC conferences and was a featured presenter in the Sing!Listen!Move! Music and Young Children video produced by MENC.   Additionally, she worked with the Michigan Department of Education on the creation and revision of the subject area test for music teacher certification.  Her research interests continue to focus on early childhood and elementary music pedagogy and she welcomes opportunities to return to the ‘trenches’ whenever possible.