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Dr. Jacqueline Smith is Lecturer in Music Education. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, a Master of Creative Arts Therapy in Music Therapy from Drexel University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. She also holds a credential for teaching students with behavioral and emotional special needs from the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Smith taught instrumental music for twenty years in Connecticut before pursuing her PhD.
She was an adjunct faculty member in music education at the Hartt School where she received the Gordon Clark Ramsey Award for creative excellence in teaching, and the Graduate Regents Award.
A certified Suzuki piano teacher, she taught piano and coached chamber music for the Hartt Community Division, and is the director of The Prism Project, a performing arts program for students with exceptionalities. She is also the director of the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band at the Northampton Community Music Center.
Dr. Smith’s research interests include teaching music to children with autism, the intersection of music education and music therapy, and music teacher professional development. She is published in the International Journal of Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review.
Dr. Smith has presented at the International Society for Music Education Commission on Special Education and Music Therapy in Edinburgh, Scotland, the National Autism and the Arts Symposium, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the National Association for Music Education Research, the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, and various regional and state conferences. She is also a frequent presenter of professional development workshops for school districts throughout New England.