Cynthia Crump Taggart is Professor and Chair of Music Education at Michigan State University, where she directs and teaches in the Early Childhood Music Program of the Community Music School of Michigan State University's College of Music. As an MSU faculty member, she received the prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught at Cast Western Reserve University, where she won the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She has extensive elementary and preschool teaching experience in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. She has also served as President of the College Music Society.
Taggart's publications include co-authorship of Music Play, Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum,
and Best Music for Young Band,
as well as co-editorship of Learning from Young Children, The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory,
and Readings in Music Learning Theory.
In addition, she has written extensively for professional journals. Her research interests are early childhood music, elementary general music, measurement, psychology of music, music learning theory, and music aptitude.
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