Dr. Ryan Shaw is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, Ryan teaches introduction and methods courses and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate music education and summer masters in music education instrumental track program. Ryan is also the advisor for Capital’s OCMEA chapter. Ryan also oversees the Capital University Winds and Percussion Camp and the Complete Band Director Workshop.

Before coming to Capital in the fall of 2015, Ryan was a Ph.D. student in music education at Michigan State University. As a graduate assistant, Ryan taught and assisted with numerous undergraduate music education courses, guest lectured for graduate classes, and served as the advisor for MSU’s Collegiate NAfME Chapter. Ryan also worked with the bands at MSU. Duties included arranging music for the Spartan Marching Band and co-conducting the MSU Campus Band. Finally, Ryan taught as an adjunct instructor. In the fall of 2013, Ryan taught a course on arts integration as an adjunct lecturer at Olivet College.

Ryan’s scholarly interests include arts education policy, music teacher stress and work-life balance, and teachers’ planning and instructional practices. Ryan has presented research at the AERA Annual Meeting, the NAfME In-Service Conference, the NAfME Teacher Education and Research Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, and the Midwest Clinic. He has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Contributions to Music Education. Ryan is also active in professional organizations. He is on the editorial board for Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and Contributions to Music Education, and also serves as secretary/treasurer for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group.

Before working on a Ph.D., Ryan taught middle and high school band in two Michigan communities: Berkley (Southeast Michigan) and Cedar Springs (West Michigan). In his six years of teaching public school music, Ryan’s ensembles commissioned and premiered pieces and performed at a consistently high level, earning superior ratings at district and state festivals. Ryan’s students performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, traveled to perform in New York City and Disney World, and worked with guest artists from the Detroit Symphony and Count Basie Orchestra. Ryan holds undergraduate and masters degrees in music education from the University of Michigan.


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