Diana Dansereau


Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education


BM, Eastman School of Music; MME, The Pennsylvania State University; PhD, Georgia State University


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 225


Diana R. Dansereau, Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education is dedicated to enriching the musical lives of young children. She demonstrates this by researching music learning in early childhood; implementing innovative musical experiences in early childhood and elementary settings; working with pre- and in-service music teachers to critically analyze research and practice; serving professional organizations whose missions pertain to advancing children’s music learning; and evaluating arts organizations’ and schools’ music programs for children.

She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood published by Intellect (UK), co-editor of the book Pluralism in American Music Education Research: Essays and Narratives published by Springer (NL), a contributing author to the book Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music (Rowman & Littlefield, US), and a contributor to Tips: The Child Voice (Rowman & Littlefield, US).  She has been published in conference proceedings and journals, which include Psychology of Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Community Music, The Music Educators Journal, Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, Massachusetts Music News, and is active as a presenter at national and international conferences.  Dr. Dansereau is Vice President and Director of Publications of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association and Immediate Past Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group.

She teaches elementary methods to undergraduate students, and graduate courses in early childhood music education, the psychology and sociology of music teaching and learning, and quantitative research in music education.  Prior to her appointment at Boston University, she was an instructor at Georgia State University, held teaching assistantships at Georgia State and Penn State, and served as Assistant Director of Education & Outreach for the Pittsburgh Symphony. She taught elementary general and instrumental music in Rochester, NY, and early childhood music in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.  She currently teaches music to infants and toddlers in Soundplay, a program she co-founded at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and to infants at Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston, MA.