Karin S. Hendricks


Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies


BM, Oberlin Conservatory; BA, Oberlin College; MA, Brigham Young University; PhD, University of Illinois.


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 221


Karin Hendricks joined the Boston University faculty in 2015, with previous faculty appointments at the University of Illinois and Ball State University.  She has taught courses in instrumental music education, research, sociology and psychology of music, music and social justice, and contemporary and alternative approaches to music learning.  Dr. Hendricks has served in state, national, and international music education leadership positions, and presently serves as Secretary of the American String Teachers Association.

Karin’s research interests include social psychology and social justice in music learning contexts, with a particular focus on student motivation and musical engagement. She has papers in peer-reviewed journals including the American Suzuki Journal, American String Teacher, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Early Childhood Research and Practice, Gender and Education, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Research Studies in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Psychology of Music, String Research Journal, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.  She has also published numerous practice-based articles in state music education journals.  

Dr. Hendricks is author of the book Compassionate Music Teaching, co-author of Performance Anxiety Strategies, and co-editor of Queering Freedom: Music, Identity, and Spirituality.  She has also contributed book chapters for texts published by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, GIA, Meredith Music, Peter Lang, Routledge, and Rowman and Littlefield.  She was the 2018 recipient of the American String Teachers Association “String Researcher” Award.

Before moving to the collegiate level, Karin enjoyed a successful public school orchestra career for 13 years, where she was named “Secondary Teacher of the Year” for the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association; “Teacher of the Year” at Logan High School in Utah; and was a recipient of the United States Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award presented by First Lady Laura Bush.  Dr. Hendricks is active throughout the United States and abroad as an instrumental music clinician and adjudicator, and lectures regularly on topics related to music learning, motivation, and performance.