Karen Salvador is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she coordinates the Music Teacher’s Certificate Program, teaching courses in music education and education for music majors and education majors, and supervising student teachers. Dr. Salvador also teaches early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center, and has taught summer graduate coursework for Boston University and Michigan State University.
Dr. Salvador earned her Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University, where she also completed a master’s degree in choral conducting. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, and post-baccalaureate teacher certification from Olivet College. Dr. Salvador previously taught elementary general music (K-4) in Eaton Rapids, MI; choir and drama in Palmerston North, New Zealand; early childhood music at the Michigan State University Community Music School; and children’s choirs in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dr. Salvador’s research pertains to how music educators meet individual student needs, particularly in early childhood and elementary grades. This research extends into music teacher education, exploring both program practices for music educator preparation and also the lived experiences of music educators who are working to become more inclusive and responsive. Dr. Salvador serves on the board of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, is a co-facilitator for the Society for Music Teacher Education’s Area for Strategic Planning and Action on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, and is President-Elect of the National Association for Music Education’s North Central Division.
Dr. Salvador contributed a chapter to the book Music Education: Navigating the Future (Routledge, 2014), has a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Perspectives on Assessment in Music Education, and contributed material on inclusive practices to the forthcoming second edition of Music Play: The Early Childhood Music Curriculum Guide for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers. Her research appears in journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal.
A frequent presenter, Dr. Salvador is in demand for workshops on early childhood and elementary music and movement (particularly regarding inclusive and culturally sustaining instruction) and as a facilitator working with music teaching and learning organizations to strategize toward more inclusive practices.