June Countryman



NameJune Countryman
PositionFaculty Member

June Countryman


Former Assistant Professor

BMus, BA, BEd (Mount Allison); MMus (Western); EdD (Toronto)

Dr. June Countryman taught aural skills and music education courses. She holds B.Mus, BA, and B.Ed degrees at Mount Allison University, an M.Mus in music education from The University of Western Ontario, advanced Kodaly training at the University of Calgary and an Ed. D at OISE/University of Toronto (2008).

She has lengthy experience as an elementary music teacher, a curriculum writer and program consultant and a high school choral teacher.

Dr. Countryman has been conducting two research projects within the UPEI-led AIRS (Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Singing) program. One is a case study of a children’s choir, examining both pedagogical and social aspects of choir participation. The second is a study of children’s informal musicking on school playgrounds.

Other research interests include vocal improvisation as a tool for musical growth, global music practices, sharing power in teaching contexts, and music teacher professional development. Her publications relate to issues in music education, choral music education and the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Countryman was awarded the UPEI Hessian Award for Teaching Excellence in April, 2008.

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Research Interests

  • Improvisation as a tool for musical growth
  • Global music practices
  • Sharing power in teaching contexts
  • Teacher professional development
  • Formal and informal contexts of musicking


Elementary music education: practice and possibilities
  • New Scholars Grant
  • University of Prince Edward Island

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Repositioning 'The Elements'Rose, Leslie Stewart; Countryman, June
Learning PostsCountryman, June
Choosing Choral RepertoireCountryman, June
Missteps, flaws and morphings in children’s musical playCountryman, June
Acadia UniversityCountryman, June
I got rhythm, I got questionsCountryman, June
Ethical knowledge and repertoire choiceCountryman, June
Stumbling toward clarityCountryman, J.
Theory and practiceCountryman, June
Instructional strategies that challenge dominant pedagogyCountryman, June; Rose, Leslie Stewart
Still Wary After All These YearsCountryman, J.
High school music programmes as potential sites for communities of practice - a Canadian studyCountryman, June
What choral singing does to usCountryman, June
Exploring social justice : how music education might matterGould, Elizabeth; Countryman, June; Morton, C.; Rose, L. Stewart
Music Education ResearchCountryman, June; Gabriel, Martha; Thompson, Katherine
Recess as a site for language playCountryman, June; Gabriel, Martha A.

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