PhD, Northwestern University
Coordinator, first-year theory and aural skills curriculum. A Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer, Susan Piagentini’s research interests include pedagogy with an emphasis on technology. She has been the recipient of Searle Center for Teaching Excellence grants to develop web-based materials to supplement the undergraduate core curriculum and has served on the University Research Grants Committee. Along with Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass, Piagentini is the co-author of Fundamentals of Music: Rudiments, Musicianship and Composition, in its sixth edition, released by Pearson in March 2012. This textbook is coupled with an online assessment tool, Exposition Music. The design and development of Exposition is based on five years of research in music theory placement exams and provides a pedagogically sound environment for student testing in music. Piagentini has given workshops and papers at national and regional conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), Technological Directions in Music Learning, Indiana University at IUPUI Music Technology Conference and the College Music Society (CMS). She is currently president of the Great Lakes chapter of CMS and is a member of its Music Theory Advisory board. In 2011, she was appointed as the National Conference Chair for ATMI and a member of the National Programming Committee for CMS.