Janet is professor of music education with specialization in general music methods and qualitative research methods of ethnography and teacher research. Before receiving her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, she taught music in the Arts IMPACT program in Columbus, Ohio, where her career-long interest in interdisciplinary teaching and Orff Schulwerk began. Janet has presented at numerous regional, national, and international venues and published in such journals as Research Studies in Music Education, The Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, The Quarterly Journal of Teaching and Learning, The Mountain Lake Reader, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and The Orff Echo. Her chapter, “Practitioner Inquiry,” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014).
Janet’s interest in cross-cultural creativity has led to the study of music and dance in Northeast Brazil and intersects with her role as one of the lead faculty for Music Alive!, a federally funded faculty-student exchange project between WVU and Brazil partner universities in Recife and Rio de Janeiro (2006-2012). Her case study on students’ study abroad perspectives, “Crossing Borders: Building Bridges for an International Exchange in Music Teacher Education,” appears in Alternative Approaches in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field (2010).
Janet has served the American Orff Schulwerk Association in many capacities as co-chair of the 1995 AOSA National Conference celebrating the Carl Orff Centenary, member of the The Orff Echo editorial board, chair the International Outreach Committee supporting Orff Schulwerk professional development around the world, and past chair of the Research Interest Group. For more than twenty years, Janet has been on the summer faculty of the Orff Schulwerk Professional Development Course at the Eastman School of Music, both as a teacher and as director of the Orff SPIEL teacher-research project (1991-1994). Janet also serves on the Mountain Lake Colloquium planning committee and will serve as coordinator of the 2015 colloquium, “Traditions and Transformations.”