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Dr. H. Ellie Wolfe

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Harmon Fine Arts Center 256

H. Ellie Wolfe is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Drake University where they teach undergraduate music education courses and supervise student teachers and master’s independent studies and research. They received their Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a B.Mus. and M.Mus. in music education from Syracuse University. Having also taught band, orchestra, and choir in K-12 schools, they specialize in early childhood and elementary general music.  

Dr. Wolfe examines the intersections between music education and general early childhood education, seeking to share and adapt best practices across these disciplines as may be most enriching for students and teachers. Their publications can be found in journals with a music or arts education emphasis—Journal of Music Teacher Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement AssociationGeneral Music TodayTeaching Music, Iowa Music Educator, School Music News, and The Colorado Music Educator—and those with a generalist, early childhood emphasis—Teaching Young Children, Early Years Bulletin (see ). 

They have presented at state, national, and international conferences for the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association (EECERA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the American Education Research Association (AERA), the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Mountain Lake Colloquium (for teachers of general music methods), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and for state early childhood or music educators associations in California, Colorado, Iowa, and Wyoming. Dr. Wolfe has been invited to speak to university students, teachers, and organizations in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, and Washington, DC. 

Dr. Wolfe currently serves as Early Childhood Chair for the Iowa Music Educators Association, the North Central Division Representative for the Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM SRIG), Secretary on the board for the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Music Educator’s Journal

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