Vernon Burnsed is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education at Virginia Tech where he is the Director of the Virginia Tech String Project, a string music education program originally funded by the National String Project Consortium and NAMM, the international music products association. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Miami where he directed the University Laboratory School instrumental music program. In addition to his duties with the string project, Dr. Burnsed teaches elementary methods, rehearsal techniques and materials, and directs the music education laboratory ensemble. He is an internationally recognized researcher with research presentations throughout the US, in Sweden, South Africa, and Hong Kong. His publications include articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, the Instrumentalist, Update: The Applications of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, Symposium, Journal of the College Music Society, The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, and The American String Teacher. He is also a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education, the premier research journal in music education. The second edition of his textbook, the Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Music Education, is published by Charles C. Thomas.