portrait of Ronald Sherwin

Ronald Sherwin, PhD

Associate Professor / Chairperson


Department Chair, Choral Music Education
Curriculum Vitae



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204D


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


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





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.

Survey of music from the middle ages to the present. Listening and analysis will be stressed, but historical background will also be discussed. The course will include exposure to music of diverse cultures.

An in-depth study of conducting techniques appropriate for choral and instrumental ensembles, combined with the study and development of score reading techniques and analytical techniques needed by the serious interpreter of music.


Research Interests

  • Assessment
  • Civic Engagement

Select 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)

Request edits to your profile