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Karin Nolan

Assistant Professor of Practice

Assistant Professor, Music

Music Bldg, Room 159
520-621-7470

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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UA School of Theatre, Film & Television students Haiden Pederson and Sofia Elena Gonzalez discuss the stressful process of baring your soul in #auditions and tips on how to deal with audition #anxiety.

https://azart.fyi/auditiontips

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> Sofia in the UA Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Pippin.’ Photo by Ed Flores.
> Haiden in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Photo by Krimsin King.

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This past spring and summer Gyselle Cuevas served as a production assistant on the set of an independent film, thanks to support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays

Gyselle is a junior majoring in Film and Television at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television. She worked on the independent film, ‘The Long Walk of Carlos Guerrero,’ shot in Tucson, as a production assistant and assistant camera. She assisted with maintaining the camera, selecting the appropriate lenses and filters for each scene. She was responsible for slating each shot and generally supported the cast and crew through all stages of production.

The financial support provided through the Medici Award was used to cover travelling and living expenses.

The film tells the story of a man and young girl who get stranded in the desert of Southern Arizona. It was her first experience on a film set.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with the cast and crew, and to feel like I was a significant part of something important and beautiful. I can’t help but express my gratitude to Sylvia and Herb Burton for this incredible opportunity. I am extremely grateful as this will impact my future as I seek opportunities as a Hispanic film student.”

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This past spring and summer Gyselle Cuevas served as a production assistant on the set of an independent film, thanks to support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays 

Gyselle is a junior majoring in Film and Television at the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television. She worked on the independent film, ‘The Long Walk of Carlos Guerrero,’ shot in Tucson, as a production assistant and assistant camera. She assisted with maintaining the camera, selecting the appropriate lenses and filters for each scene. She was responsible for slating each shot and generally supported the cast and crew through all stages of production.
 
The financial support provided through the Medici Award was used to cover travelling and living expenses.

The film tells the story of a man and young girl who get stranded in the desert of Southern Arizona. It was her first experience on a film set.
 
“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked with the cast and crew, and to feel like I was a significant part of something important and beautiful. I can’t help but express my gratitude to Sylvia and Herb Burton for this incredible opportunity. I am extremely grateful as this will impact my future as I seek opportunities as a Hispanic film student.”

Learn more about the program.
🔗 https://azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by the generous Medici Circle members, talented, artist scholars like Gyselle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.Image attachmentImage attachment
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This spring feel, see, and hear live dance again with The University of Arizona School of Dance.

> Dance is in the Air
> Spring Collection
> Emerge: Student Spotlight

https://azart.fyi/DanceSpring22

“A highlight of the season will certainly be Frank Chavez’s Habaneros where we get to experience a taste of the vibrant Cuban culture,” said Interim Artistic Director Tammy Dyke Compton.

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