Dr. Jennifer S. McDonel


Assistant Professor of Music Education

Porterfield 144
Box 6968
Phone: (540) 831-6626
Fax: (540) 831-6133

Jennifer S. McDonel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music at Radford University, teaches undergraduate courses in music education and aural skills. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Music Education degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in music from the University at Buffalo. Prior to her appointment at Radford University, Dr. McDonel served on the music education faculties at SUNY Fredonia and the University at Buffalo, where she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher-Educator Award in the Department of Learning and Instruction of the Graduate School of Education in 2010. Her teaching experience includes: early childhood music, elementary general music, and instrumental music, as well as undergraduate and graduate level classes in early childhood, elementary general, and instrumental music methods; foundations of music education; measurement and evaluation, and musicianship.

Dr. McDonel also serves as Executive Director and faculty member of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML – www.giml.org) and is co-founder and music education consultant with Professional Development Services for Music Educators (www.pds4me.com). She has been trained in Kindermusik and Musikgarten approaches to guiding young children in music and holds the following certifications: ECMMA Level 3; Orff-Schulwerk Level 1; GIML: Early Childhood Level 2, Elementary Level 2, and Instrumental Music. Additionally, she is a published composer of music for young band and chorus and served as assistant conductor for the Amherst (New York) Bel Canto Children’s Choir from 2011-2014. She is published in the GIML Audea, Mass Music News, ECMMA Perspectives, and ZDM – The International Journal on Mathematics Education, and is a contributing author to TIPS: The Child Voice (Rev. Ed.) and Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra.

Dr. McDonel, an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, has served school districts in Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and West Virginia and has presented research and professional development sessions at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences: UB-GSE, MMEA, NYSSMA, OMEA, PMEA, VMEA, ECMMA, NAfME, Music Education History SRIG, AERA, AOSA, GIML, ISAME, and JEN. Her research interests include measurement of music aptitude and music achievement and the impact of early childhood music on children’s overall development.