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Karin Nolan

Assistant Professor of Practice

Assistant Professor, Music

Music Bldg, Room 159

Dr. Karin Nolan is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at The University of Arizona, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, including student teaching seminars, band techniques, secondary methods, quantitative/qualitative reseacrch methods, and careers in music. She also directs the Office of Field Experiences, the Camerata Music Career Development Program, and the Outreach Middle School Honor Band. Through her career development series, she has made a name for herself as the guru for job-readiness materials for her music students (such as assisting with the idea of branding themselves, websites, resumes, cover letters, business cards, demo recordings, marketing materials, promo kits, etc.).

Nolan enjoys and seeks out community collaborations, often partnering with non-profit institutions and school districts around the state to assist them with their musical needs and outreach. She is currently partnering with faculty from the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences to continue the annual "Music & Health" seminar, dedicated to research in vocal and hearing health of musicians and music educators. Nolan works closely with the Tucson Desert Song Festival's education outreach, helping to put together the yearly K-12 Songwriting Competition. She is the music director of the Sonora Winds, a Tucson-based community wind ensemble. In the past, she has also developed music curriculum for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, and the Tucson Museum of Art.

She received her PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology in 2009 from The University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty at the UA College of Fine Arts and the Fred Fox School of Music in 2011, Nolan enjoyed a rewarding career teaching K-12 general music, band, orchestra, and choir in Tucson-area schools for ten years.

Nolan enjoys conducting the Sonora Winds Wind Ensemble in Tucson, AZ and has been an invited clinician and conductor in various Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Associations (ABODA)  and local school music festivals. In addition to waving the baton, she plays clarinet, euphonium, and timpani in local wind ensembles.

Her research includes topics related to student learning and instrument choice, technology in the music classroom, and has recently delved into the topic of music teacher health and longevity throughout their careers. Over the past two years, Nolan has been collecting and analyzing data related to music teachers' physical and mental health; this data has helped shape her teaching techniques and topics and has led to a further awareness of the need for teaching health and balance to music educators and professional musicians.

Also interested in the cognitive link between music and other areas of the curriculum, Nolan has a book published through Rowman and Littlefield Education and the National Association for Music Education, entitled Musi-Matics and is currently publishing a second arts-integration book for teachers, entitled Reading, Writing, and Rhythm Sticks. Her articles and research studies have been published in Journal of String Research, General Music Today, Edutopia, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Cadenza Music News, Arizona Music News, Teaching Music, The National Association for Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Dreambox Learning.

She enjoys traveling to state, national, and international conferences to present her research and network with music professionals and educators around the globe.

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Arizona Arts

We asked The University of Arizona School of Dance alumna Erina Ueda (BFA ‘21, Dance) ...

What have you been up to?

I’m currently a professional dancer with the Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original jazz dance company in Chicago, Illinois. It has been a magical experience so far being a part of their legacy, representing as their first Asian dancer, performing at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Harris Theater and the Auditorium Theatre, and touring around the state & country. This spring, I was invited to be interviewed by the Consultant General of Japan in Chicago.

Not only I work as a professional dancer, but I work as a social media consultant and a videographer for the GDC. I also teach dance classes: ballet, jazz, tap and acrobat, at many different studios in the city, as well as being invited to teach at summer intensives and master classes from other states.

It has been a whole new world, a dream come true, and I cannot wait to continue learning and growing, become stronger, and perform with the incredible Giordano Dance Chicago, who I call my family, as we enter our 60th season!

It is such an honor to be recognized by you. Thank you so much for reaching out; I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the experience I had at UofA ❤️💙

Images by @toddrphoto.

> Including a New Yorker ad, featuring Erina and a poster with both Erina and Skyler Newcom (BFA '19).

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Here's Assistant Professor of Practice Darnell T. Roulhac in his "The Room Where it Happens: Guide to Auditioning Successfully" workshop at the International Thespian Festival 2022!

"The Room Where it Happens" is a masterclass-style workshop to better prepare young singers as they are auditioning for schools and shows. Participants get tips on how to pick impactful songs as well as how to get the attention of the panel one's performing for. They will also discuss 32-bar cuts and what else one should have prepared.

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