Biography

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.

Recent Publications

Children's spontaneous vocalisations during play: aesthetic dimensions

Music Education Research, 2015

Missteps, flaws and morphings in children’s musical play

Research Studies in Music Education, 2014

Recess as a site for language play

Language and Literacy, 2014

Repositioning 'The Elements'

Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education, 2013

Learning Posts

International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2012

Research Classification

  • No classification given

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
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