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Ronald Sherwin, PhD

Professor / Chairperson

Music

Department Chair, Choral Music Education
Curriculum Vitae

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College of Visual & Performing Arts 204A

Education

2004The University of MainePhD
2000The University of MaineMM
1995Castleton State UniversityBA

Teaching

  • Music Education
  • Assessment
  • Conducting
  • Music History/Performance Practice

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Investigation of important North American contributions to human civilization, from Jazz and the airplane, to nuclear weapons and Cheese Wiz, to individual rights, the written constitution and the democratic republic. Topics could include Coming Down with the Blues; building the car, or the plane, Hollywood and the Invention of mass cinema; from inalienable rights to human rights; the Long 1960s as Cultural Revolution. May be repeated with change of content.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Sight-reading not required but minimal experience in group singing desirable.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Sight-reading not required but minimal experience in group singing desirable.

Performance of madrigals and other works for small chorus from a variety of musical styles. Concurrent participation in MUS 155 is encouraged.

Intercollegiate and community choral ensemble for students interested in participating in a high-quality vocal ensemble while also engaging in tangible activities positively affecting the community.  The ensemble will study, rehearse, and perform music addressing a wide variety of social justice issues as well as highlighting music written or arranged by composers from historically excluded or underrepresented groups.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Sight-reading not required but minimal experience in group singing desirable.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Sight-reading not required but minimal experience in group singing desirable.

Intercollegiate and community choral ensemble for students interested in participating in a high-quality vocal ensemble while also engaging in tangible activities positively affecting the community.  The ensemble will study, rehearse, and perform music addressing a wide variety of social justice issues as well as highlighting music written or arranged by composers from historically excluded or underrepresented groups.

Survey of western music from antiquity to the present. Listening, analysis, and cultural context will be discussed. The course will show the diversity of styles and cultures that have come together to form western art music.

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Presents a basic music vocabulary and develops intelligent discrimination in the listener through study and analysis of outstanding works from Gregorian Chant to the present, including music of diverse cultures. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship of the historical development of music to parallel movements in art, drama, philosophical thought, etc.
Register for this course.

Presents a basic music vocabulary and develops intelligent discrimination in the listener through study and analysis of outstanding works from Gregorian Chant to the present, including music of diverse cultures. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship of the historical development of music to parallel movements in art, drama, philosophical thought, etc.
Register for this course.

Presents a basic music vocabulary and develops intelligent discrimination in the listener through study and analysis of outstanding works from Gregorian Chant to the present, including music of diverse cultures. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship of the historical development of music to parallel movements in art, drama, philosophical thought, etc.
Register for this course.

Research

Research interests

  • Assessment
  • Civic Engagement

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Ronald Sherwin & Sarah McQuarrie (2017).
    Impact of state testing on music classrooms in the United States.
    Assessment Practices in Music Education, OUP
  • Ronald Sherwin & Tobias Monte (2016).
    MCAS, PARCC, and the relationship between music instruction and state-mandated comprehensive assessments.
    Connecting practice, measurement, and evaluation, GIA, 163-176.
  • Ronald Sherwin & Sarah McQuarrie (2013).
    Assessment in music education: Relationships between classroom practice and professional publication topics.
    Research & Issues in Music Education, 11(1)