Caroline Jetton serves as Associate Dean of Academics and Advising for the School of Music, Director of Music Teacher Education, and Professor of Music. Her teaching responsibilities are in the area of music education and have included elementary and secondary general music, early childhood, diverse needs, foundations of music education, and student teaching supervision.
Jetton has been a presenter at state and national conferences on topics such as Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Students with Diverse Needs, Inclusion, Preparing Future Music Educators for Teaching Music to Diverse Learners, Essential Steps in Securing a Teaching Position, Using Children’s Literature to Teach Music Concepts and Skills, Curricular Changes: Dreams and Realities, Walking the Tightrope: Getting to the Other Side of a Music Education Degree, Ensuring a Successful Student Teaching Experience, and Models for Music Education Laboratory Schools. She has also been a guest speaker for numerous graduate and undergraduate class sessions on topics such as Orff-Schulwerk, the Kodaly Method, Teaching Music in the Inner City, and Planning Instruction for General Music Classes.
Professor Jetton serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Music Education Association and is the Chair of the Indiana Society of Music Teacher Education. She is a member of the Curriculum Area of Strategic Planning and Action (ASPA) of the Society of Music Teacher Education and served as the North Central Division Chair of the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) Music Teacher Education (MTE) Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) from 2006 until 2019, the point when the SRIG was disbanded. Additionally, she is trained as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Caroline received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University, a Master of Music degree (with a concentration in Orff-Schulwerk) from the University of Memphis, and an Ed.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at UIUC, she was the recipient of the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Doctoral Fellowship in Music Education. Prior to beginning her work at DePauw, she taught concept-based music education at the University of Illinois Laboratory School and was an Orff Music Specialist in the Memphis City Schools, working with students in kindergarten through grade six as well as students with disabilities.