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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2241
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  • Sheila Woodward
    Sheila Woodward
    Director of Music Education
    Phone: (509)359-7073
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Dr. Sheila Woodward is Director of Music Education and an Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University.  She is Past-President of the International Society for Music Education and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Music Education.

    She is a native of South Africa and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a Performer's Licentiate in Organ from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, the University of South Florida, and the University of the Western Cape.

    She has previously served on numerous professional boards; among them being two terms on the ISME Board of Directors (2004-2008), three terms on the ISME Early Childhood Music Education Commission (1992-1998, two as Chair), two terms on the NAfME Council for IN-ovations (2012-2014, one as Chair), and two terms on the NAfME Executive Board of the Society for General Music (2002-2006).

    Dr. Woodward's research focus is Music and Wellbeing. She explores this from before birth to adulthood, with studies on the fetus, neonate, premature infant, young child, at-risk youth, juvenile offender and adult musician. She has published numerous articles, in addition to chapters in Elliott's Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues (Oxford, 2005) and in Malloch and Trevarthen's Communicative musicality: Narratives of expressive gesture and being human (Oxford, 2009).

    She has been awarded generous grants to promote international exchange programs, bringing South African musicians to perform in the USA alongside students and professors, and she has directed numerous outreach programs in both countries.

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