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Ann Clements

Associate Professor, Music Education
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204 Music Building I

Ann C. Clements is an associate professor and the graduate program chair for Music Education.

An active researcher, musician, and pedagogue, Clements has given over 150 presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Brazil, the Baltics, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. She is published in multiple national and international journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Mountain Lake Reader, International Society for Music Education, General Music Today, and Journal of Research for the New Zealand Performing Arts.

Clements is the author, co-author and editor of several books in the field of music education, including The Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music (Routledge Press), Alternative Approaches to Music Education: Case Studies from the Field (editor, Rowan and Littlefield), Teaching General Music (chapter author, Oxford University Press), Multicultural Perspective in Music Education (chapter author and editor, Rowan and Littlefield), Making Music Series (contributing author, Silver Burdett), and The Choral Cookbook (chapter author, Hal Leonard).

Her primary research areas include music participation, game theory as applied to education, learning in blended, virtual and augmented realities, and ethnomusicology, of which she is a recognized scholar in Maori music of New Zealand. She has served in leadership and editorial roles in national and international music education and ethnomusicology organizations.

Ann Clements is mother to a precocious and creative son named Charles, is an award-winning gardener, and is in the process of recording her first alternative country music album.

Current projects include:

Creation and development of the Music Education Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC)

Winner of the Penn State Open Innovation Challenge – 3D Virtual Reality in Teacher Training

National Core Arts Standards in Music Education, middle school research advisor and developer on the 8th grade Model Corner Stone Assessments (MCAs) for Music Education

Co-Chair for the 2017 Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods

  • Education
    • BM from University of Puget Sound
    • MA from University of Washington
    • PhD from University of Washington
  • Courses Taught
    • Music Education
  • Publications + Presentations


    • The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and inspired recipes for beginners and experts
      ed. Alan Gumm, Ann Clements (contributing author), Joanne Rutkowski (contributing author)
      Expert trade secrets from around the world all placed in one easy source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite “recipes” that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of choirs.
      Meredith Music Publications, 2006
      ISBN 1-57463-078-4
    • Silver Burdett Making Music, Grades: K-8
      Ann Clements (contributing author)
      Textbooks for the general music classroom from kindergarten to eighth grade.
      Scott Foresman, 2005 (includes individual texts for teacher and student at each grade level, plus an audio package and CD-ROM.)
    • A Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music
      Ann Clements and Rita Klinger
      A practical guide to student teaching in music. This text contains over 30 online worksheets and 20 narratives and scenarios that will guide student teachers through their first teaching experiences.
    • Alternative Approaches in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field
      Ed. Ann Clements, Robert Gardner (contributor), Linda Thornton (contributor)
      This text contains 25 case studies of music programs from across the country that are implementing unique music practices in their music classrooms. This publication is presented in association with the national Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE).
    • Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (Volume III, 3rd Edition)
      Ed. Bill Anderson and Pat Campbell
      Ann Clements: Pacific and Oceania Chapter Editor and Contributing Author
      The third edition of this landmark text in multicultural music education consists of three volumes that cover multiple musical cultures from around the globe.
  • Expertise
    • Music Education