Current Music Education Graduate Students

Jacob BerglinJacob Berglin

3rd year PhD • jacobberglin2018@u.northwestern.edu

Jacob Berglin is a third-year PhD student in Music Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Valparaiso University, teaching certification from Western Michigan University, and a masters’ degree in music education from the University of Michigan. Jake grew up in Michigan, where he spent the last six years teaching urban public middle and high school choral and general music. Currently, his research interests include access to music based on race, class, and gender, as well as the social and vocal concerns surrounding transgender student participation in choral music programs.

Erica DesaulniersErica Desaulniers

2nd year PhD • ericasagerman2019@u.northwestern.edu

Erica Desaulniers is a second-year music education PhD student. She originally hails from upstate New York and earned both her BM and MME at SUNY Fredonia. She has experience teaching music in Buffalo (NY), Houston, and at The American School of Madrid. While in Europe, Erica presented at conferences in Vienna, Paris, and Rome.  Erica has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Fredonia. Prior to arriving at Northwestern, she was the Department Chair of Fine Arts at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL. Erica’s research interests include assessment and evaluation in secondary music and examining the relationship between school culture and curriculum development.

Amanda McClintockAmanda McClintock

2nd year PhD • amandamcclintock2014@u.northwestern.edu

Amanda McClintock is a second-year PhD student in the music education program at Northwestern. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids IA and a master’s degree in music education from Northwestern. In addition to her studies at Northwestern, she serves as an Associate Director for the Richards Institute of Education and Research. Within this role she promotes the methods of Education Through Music at workshops and courses around the country. Prior to her study, Amanda taught elementary and middle school general music for 10 years, most recently for Chicago Public Schools. Her academic interests include investigating the authentic utilization of music with diverse learners, a focus on music and autism research and teacher preparation for special education in music.

Casey SchmidtCasey Schmidt

1st year PhD • CaseySchmidt2010@u.northwestern.edu 

Casey Schmidt is a first year PhD student in music education.  He holds a BM in music education and saxophone performance from Lawrence University and a MM in music education from Northwestern University.  Prior to starting his most recent studies at Northwestern University, Casey taught instrumental music in Illinois and Wisconsin public schools for thirteen years.  Casey’s research interests include music teacher education and the modes and processes music teachers use to self-reflect, assess, and modulate their practice and the infusion of composition and improvisation in performance ensemble curricula.

Brian WeidnerBrian Weidner

3rd year PhD • brianweidner2019@u.northwestern.edu

Brian N. Weidner is a third-year PhD student in the Music Education program at the Bienen School of Music.  He holds a BME in Music Education and BA in English Education from Illinois State University, as well as a MM Music Education from Northern Illinois University, and a MS in School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  Prior to his studies at Northwestern, he taught for 12 years at McHenry High School, serving as Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor.  He has presented at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, MENC National Conference and the Illinois Music Educators Conference.  His academic interests include investigating the development of independent musicianship and the relationships between music and literacy.

Adam WhiteAdam White

1st year PhD • AdamWhite2020@u.northwestern.edu 

Adam White is a first year PhD student in music education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in music education (choral pedagogy) from the University of Kansas.  Prior to his studies at Northwestern, Adam taught choir in rural and suburban public schools for sixteen years.  His choirs have performed at the Kansas Music Educators Conference and have regularly  received top ratings at festivals.  Adam’s research and academic interests include sight-singing, music literacy, assessment, and cooperative rehearsal practices in the choral classroom.