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Dr. Colleen Sears

Assistant Professor of Music_MAF7950-Edit

Area Coordinator of Music Education
Music Building 212

Ed.D., Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Music Education, Eastman School of Music
B.M., Music Education, The College of New Jersey

Dr. Colleen Sears is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at The College of New Jersey where she teaches:

  • MUS 241: Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS 392: Contemporary Issues in Music Education
  • MUS 394: K-8 Music Practicum
  • MUS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

 Dr. Colleen Sears brings ten years of public school teaching experience and a background in educational research to the music faculty at The College of New Jersey.  She has taught general and instrumental music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Dr. Sears holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music.  In 2010, she earned her Doctor of Education degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Sears’ research focuses on issues of equity and access in music education.  Her current scholarly interests lie in uncovering and examining gendered stereotypes that exist inside the music classroom and within the professional community. Her research has been presented at several conferences including the 2014 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the 2011 Conference on Equity and Social Justice at Richard Stockton College, the 2011 Feminist Theory and Music conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and the 2009 Research in Music Education Conference in Exeter, England.  Dr. Sears’ articles entitled The persona problem: How expectations of masculinity shape female band director identity, Stop playing like a bunch of girls: Using teachable moments to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom and You are not alone: Understanding and coping with the challenges of being a female band director have appearedin GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, Society), Tempo Magazine and The Woman Conductor.