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Kate Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor of Music Education
Office: 225 Stearns

Kate Fitzpatrick is associate professor of music education at the University of Michigan. In addition to holding BME and MA degrees from Ohio State University, Fitzpatrick holds a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, where her mixed methods dissertation focused on the experiences of inner-city instrumental music teachers in the Chicago Public Schools.

Before coming to U-M in the fall of 2008, Fitzpatrick served as assistant professor of music education at the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, Fitzpatrick conducted the UofL Symphonic Band and taught courses in music education, graduate quantitative and qualitative research, and conducting. At U-M, Fitzpatrick teaches a variety of courses, such as "Secondary Instrumental Methods," "Technology for the Music Educator," the "Art of Music Teaching," and graduate courses in curriculum and advanced quantitative and mixed methods research.

Fitzpatrick is an active and prolific researcher, specializing in urban music education and mixed methods research. Her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Her book, Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Fitzpatrick has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences, recently concluded a 6-year term on the editorial board for the journal Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and is the past national chair of the Social Sciences Special Research Interest Group for the National Association of Music Education. She also serves as a frequent clinician and guest conductor with bands across the United States.

An avid supporter of public school music programs, Fitzpatrick is the former director of instrumental music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio, where she directed the district's largest band and orchestra program. Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the 2003 God and Country Award, presented by the Salvation Army and the Brass Band of Columbus for her "outstanding, sensitive leadership of young people."



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