Abby Means serves as Assistant Professor of Music, teaching courses in general music (early childhood, elementary, and secondary), Foundations of Music Education, Senior Seminar in Music Education, Music Education Lab, and Thinking, Listening, and Creating with Music. Dr. Means will also serve as University student teacher supervisor.
Dr. Means earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Taylor University Fort Wayne, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Indianapolis, a Master’s of Music Education from Anderson University, and has recently completed a PhD in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to beginning graduate work, Means served as a general elementary music teacher for six years for K-6th grades in the MSD of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, IN. During this time, she also taught an elementary general methods course at the University of Indianapolis.
Means has been a presenter at state and national conferences on topics such as introducing ukulele to the general music classroom, collaboration during student teaching, collaboration for special music education, and practices to encourage equitable facilitation of students learning English as a new language. She holds certifications in John Feierabend’s Conversational Solfege and the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Model, has completed Orff Schulwerk Level I, and has completed training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Dr. Means’ research interests include early childhood and elementary music education, special music education, and best practices for facilitating linguistically diverse students in the elementary general music classroom.