Diana Dansereau


Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education (sabbatical Fall 2021)


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 MusicJournal of Research in Music EducationBulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music in Early Childhood, Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Community MusicJournal of Montessori Research, The Music Educators JournalPerspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement AssociationMassachusetts Music News, and is active as a presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Dansereau has chaired the National Association for Music Education’s Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group, was Vice President/Director of Publications of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

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 engages musically with infants at Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston, MA.