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Ronald Sherwin, PhD

Associate Professor / Chairperson

Music

Department Chair, Choral Music Education
Curriculum Vitae

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College of Visual & Performing Arts 204B

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

Exploration of what it means to be human. This course will sample insights into ourselves from the unraveling of the human genome to the uncovering of the earliest evidence of distinctively human culture. Topics could include human consciousness, biomedical discoveries, defining human experiences, or the origins of human societies or belief sets. May be repeated with change of content.

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.

Qualified students audition to play with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra or other orchestra with the consent of the instructor. The course provides opportunity for qualified students to perform standard and contemporary orchestral literature.

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.

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.

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

  • 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)
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