Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass

Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass

Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass is professor and coordinator of music theory in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory, aural skills, and pedagogy. Dr. Snodgrass received her B.M. in vocal performance from Meredith College and her M.M. in music theory from the University of Tennessee. In 2002, Snodgrass earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland where her research focused on computer-assisted instruction and pedagogy.

Snodgrass has published research in areas of analysis and pedagogy in multiple journals such as Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, Sacred Music, The TI:MEs, Music Theory Online, College Music Symposium, and the Music Educators Journal. Along with Dr. Susan Piagentini, Snodgrass serves as the co-author of Fundamentals of Music Theory (2012). The seventh edition of the text is currently in revision and will be made available in 2017. Her latest research involves understanding the specific pedagogies for teaching students enrolled in music industry and music business programs. The result of this research is the text, Contemporary Musicianship: Analysis and the Artist, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Snodgrass will begin work on a general pedagogy book during the fall of 2016.

She has also received numerous awards in relation to excellence in undergraduate education, including the National DyKnow Educator of the Month, the Plemmons Leadership Medallion, the Outstanding Professor Award from the Appalachian Student Government Association, the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award, and the College Music Society Innovations in Technology and Teaching Award. In the spring of 2016, Snodgrass was named an official quarter finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award and was named Faculty of Distinction at Appalachian State.

Snodgrass is currently the national vice-president of The College Music Society and continues to serve the society on both the national and regional level. She most recently was appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and is the co-chair of the newly launched Music Theory Pedagogy Online. Based on her expertise in technology and education, Snodgrass leads workshops in technology and pedagogy on both the K-12 and university level.

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