Music Education Faculty
Jian Jun Chen-Edmund – Music Education
Office: Humanities 243
Dr. Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She teaches Methods of Research in Music Education, Curricular Trends in Music Education, Music in the Elementary Classroom, applied piano, and supervises student teachers. She received her Ph.D. in music education and served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida. Dr. ChenEdmund has taught studio piano for ten years and recently served as Keyboard Instructor for the Santa Fe College Continuing Education program. In 2007, she earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the UF International Center. Dr. Chen-Edmund earned her Master of Arts degree in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor degree in music performance at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan. She holds Orff Schulwerk certification and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Minnesota Society for Music Teacher Education. She is currently serving as an Artist Initiative Music panelist for Minnesota State Arts Board. She has presented research and conducted workshops at the Minnesota Music Educators Association conference, the Second and Fourth International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education, the University of Minnesota Duluth Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism, the Florida Music Educators Association conference, and the University of Florida Site-based Implementation of Teacher Education Program. Her research areas of interest include Taiwanese indigenous folk music, connections between music instruction and language development for ESOL students, teacher education, and assessment in music education.
David Edmund – Music Education
Office: Humanities 243
Office Phone: 726-8499
Dr. David Edmund is Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Edmund teaches elementary methods, intro to music education, graduate music education courses, supervises student teachers, serves as the liaison with the Department of Education, and advises graduate theses. From 2009-2012, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, teaching elementary and graduate courses in music. At UF, Dr. Edmund served on the National Certification and Accreditation for Teacher Education Committee, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education. In addition to his work as professor, Dr. Edmund maintained a private trumpet studio and has placed numerous students in the Florida All-State Jazz Band. He earned his Ph.D. in music education at Florida, where he was a Presidential Fellow and served as Director of Jazz Bands II and III. In 2008, Dr. Edmund was honored with a Graduate Student Teaching Award and at commencement was recognized as the Outstanding Music Graduate Student. He has presented research at numerous conferences, including the Florida Music Educator’s Association Conference and the Second International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. Dr. Edmund has taught general music, choir and beginning band for ten years in Florida elementary schools. He was elected the Ruskin Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2001. Dr. Edmund served as adjunct trumpet instructor at Manatee Community College in 2000-01. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Music Education degree with Jazz Studies emphasis at the University of North Texas. At North Texas, he performed in the renowned One o’ Clock lab band and directed the Six o’ Clock. Dr. Edmund has toured and recorded with chamber winds, jazz, reggae, soul, pop, and rock ensembles.
Kritzmire – Music Education
Office: 29 Bohannon
Judith Kritzmire is professsor of Music Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she held the position of Department Head from 1989-2006. She continues to serve as NASM Institutional Representative for her institution. In 2009-10 she served as Director of the UMD "Study in England Programme", living on-site in the UK for that year. She returns to that position in 2011-12, as the Programme relocates from the University of Birmingham to the University of Worcester. Professor Kritzmire has held prior positions in music administration at the American Conservatory of Music and Eastern Michigan University, and teaching appointments at Bemidji State University and Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She is an experienced NASM accreditation evaluator, and has been past-president of Region 4 and member of the NASM Board of Directors. She has served as chair of various NASM and College Music Society committees and is an active presenter of research on music administration and leadership. Her commentaries and research have appeared in the College Music Society Newsletter, Arts Education Policy Review, International Journal of Music Education, General Music Today. Dr. Kritzmire holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Thielen-Gaffey – Music Education
Office: 234 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-8140
Tina Thielen-Gaffey is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has recently completed her doctoral coursework in the Choral Conducting program at the University of Iowa. At UMD, she conducts Concert Chorale, two Vocal Jazz Ensembles (Lake Effect and Chill Factor), teaches elementary music, aural skills, and applied voice. A mezzo-soprano, she completed the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and her B.M. in music education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Prior to her studies in Michigan, the Wisconsin native taught for eight years in the public schools of her home state, where she was responsible for choral ensembles, band ensembles, vocal jazz and show choirs, musicals, madrigals and madrigal feasts, festivals, and touring. At WMU, Ms.Thielen-Gaffey soloed with the Treble Chorus, University Chorale, Opera Workshop, and the award winning vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company. Ms. Thielen-Gaffey is a past president of WMU's student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. At the 2003 and 1999 national conventions of that organization, she was a national finalist in the graduate student conducting competition.
For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877