Information on Contributors


Claudia Gluschankof

Claudia Gluschankof holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of London – Institute of Education, an Orff certificate (Orff Institute, Salzburg) and a Kodály certificate (Kodály Institute, Kecskemét). She is senior lecturer at the Early Childhood Studies Department, School of Music and Graduate School, at Levinsky College of Education, Tel-Aviv. She served as commissioner at the International Society for Music Education- Early Childhood Music Education Commission (2006-2012), and past chair of it (2008-2010), and is the secretary of the steering committee of the Israel Musicological Society (2010-2014). She is a member of several international journals' editorial committees.

Her research interests focus on the musical expressions of young children, particularly on the self-initiated play of young children in various cultural contexts, especially among Hebrew and Arab speakers. She presented her research at many international conferences and published in various peer reviewed journals.

In addition to her teaching activity at kindergarten level and teacher pre-service and in-service training she served as member of and as head researcher for the Music Curriculum Committee of Israel, a member of the Dostrowsky Forum for Music and Dance Education, and the Repertoire Committee of "Saal Tarbut Artsi" ( "Cultural Basket"), and serves as an advisor for early childhood music projects.

Beatriz Ilari

Beatriz Ilari is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate courses in music education and music psychology.  Before coming to USC, she taught at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2003-2010) and the University of Texas in Austin (Lozano Long Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies, 2010). Beatriz is particularly interested in children’s musical experiences – from psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives. She uses several different approaches to study musical development and growth of infants, children, and adolescents. Her research appears in many important journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, and Early Child Development and Care, to name a few. She is currently an editor for the International Journal of Music Education – Research (ISME) and a member of the AIRS – Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing – research team.


Susan Young

Susan Young studied piano at the Royal College of Music, winning the outstanding student prize, and continued her studies in eurhythmics at the Dalcroze Institute, Geneva, and in music education the Institute of Education, London.  She later completed a doctorate of philosophy at Roehampton University, London. She now combines a research position at Exeter University with freelance research for arts organizations and is also senior research fellow at the Centre for International research in Learning and Creativity, University of Roehampton and Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham. She has published widely for academic and professional audiences on a range of topics in the field of early childhood music education and is co-founder and chair of the European Network of Early Childhood Music Education. In her early career, she taught in schools and nurseries and maintains close links with practice through research.

Elizabeth Achieng’ Andang’o

Elizabeth Achieng’ Andang’o is a Lecturer of Music Education and Performance at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a doctorate in Music Education from Kenyatta University, on the use of indigenous Kenyan resources for the design of a curriculum for Early Childhood Music Education. Apart from teaching courses in Music Education, Elizabeth is one of the two lecturers teaching vocal studies at the Department of Music and Dance. She has published articles in Early Child Development and Care, Arts Education Policy Review, East Africa Journal of Music Education and International Journal of Business and Social Sciences. She is currently working on collaborative research with colleagues from the USA, Brazil, China and Canada on intercultural understanding through singing, under the Canadian-initiated Project, Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS). Elizabeth is also a Commissioner with the Early Childhood Music Education Commission of the International Society of Music Education (2010-2016).

Amanda Niland

Amanda Niland is an early childhood educator, music specialist, song writer and children’s author. She lectures in Arts Education and Disability Studies at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Amanda recently completed a PhD in the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, working under the supervision of Professor Michael Atherton and Associate Professor Christine Woodrow. Amanda represents Australia as a Commissioner of ECME, the Early Childhood Research Commission of ISME (2010-2016). 

Lauren Kooistra

Lauren Kooistra holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Gordon College, and a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where her research interests focus on learning theories and child development. Ms. Kooistra specializes in working with young children at the piano, applying her doctoral studies to the field of piano pedagogy.  She has served on the piano faculty of Westminster Conservatory, Messiah College, The State Street Academy of Music, and the Music Academy of State College, and is active as a performer, lecturer, and adjudicator.  Her written scholarship has been published in Perspectives, Audea, and Nurturing Children’s Musical Lives by Building Bridges (the conference proceedings of the 2010 International Society of Music Education Early Childhood Commission).  Lauren enjoys working with students of all ages on the journey of being thoughtful musicians and teachers, as well as collaborating on musical projects with friends and colleagues.

Donna Brink Fox

Donna Brink Fox is Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, USA, where she is the Eisenhart Professor of Music Education.  Since 1985 she has also directed the early childhood music program she originally designed for the Eastman Community Music School.
Dr. Fox is an authority in the field of early childhood music education; her doctoral dissertation on infant vocalizations was among the earliest studies of musical behaviors in young children. Based on her many years of practice and research, Dr. Fox has given presentations and clinics around the world, including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Spain, China, and Canada.  She often includes demonstration groups of children in her presentations, modeling expert teaching practice within the context of an appropriate developmental framework for curriculum.   In summer 2010, she taught a demonstration class of four-year-old Chinese children at the Beijing meeting of the Early Childhood Music Education Commission of the International Society for Music Education.
Dr. Fox has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Orff Echo.  She recently co-authored a three-volume curriculum for teaching music in early childhood classrooms, Classroom Music for Little Mozarts (Alfred Publishing, 2004, 2007, 2010). 


Veronika Cohen

Professor Veronika  Cohen  is Chairperson of the Department of  Music Education  at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance  where she has been teaching since 1982.    She has developed a pedagogic approach for facilitating engaged listening to complex music through the use of Kinesthetic Analogues or “Musical Mirrors,” She is now preparing for publication or for internet transmission the fruits of her research and teaching experience. Her work has been presented at many international conferences and published in various journals and she  has delivered workshops  in Italy, Poland, China, Russia, England, USA, and Canada, on musical mirrors and on facilitating  musical cognitive and creative development.  Her research has focused on the relationship between Movement  and Musical Cognition; Musical  Creativity in Children; Teacher Education; and Cultural Continuity and Challenges to it. She played a major role in the establishment of the Department of Eastern Music at the Jerusalem Academy.    Since its inception in  1987, she has been the musical and pedagogic director  of“ La Gaat Be Musica,“ a project of prepared concerts in schools  in Jerusalem . She also  serves as advisor to this project in the North of Israel.

She served the Committee that developed a  National  Music Curriculum  for Israel, the MISTEC-ISME (2006-2010), and still serves on the Repertoire Committee of "Saal Tarbut Artsi" ( "Cultural Basket"),. She  is a member of the of the Advisory Boards of the  International Journal of Education in the Arts and the  Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education.

Michal Hefer

Michal Hefer (PhD) serves as the Head of the Early Childhood Program at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports in Israel, and has been a faculty member at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at the Bar-Ilan University since 2007. Michal completed her doctorate in Music Cognition at the Tel Aviv University, Musicology Department.  She holds an M.A from Temple University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Her research focuses on the psychomotor and psychophysiological responses of neonates to music.  She is also certified by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (USA) and was a pioneer in developing his approach for music learning in Israel. Dr. Hefer developed "Ktan - Tone" (Little Tone), a music learning program that represents a new pedagogical model to enhance infants' musical skills. It is based on early exposure to complex and varied musical repertoires, always encouraging voice and movement interaction with infants. Her work has been presented at many international conferences.  She  has given workshops, lectures and courses in the United States, Italy, Greece and China. In the last few years she was also invited to serve as guest lecturer at the Donna Olimpia School of Music in Rome, Italy.