Ithaca College School Of Music Faculty Member Honored For Research On Career Interests Of Undergraduate Music Students

ITHACA, NY — Dan Isbell, assistant professor of music education in Ithaca College’s School of Music, has received a Center for Music Education Research Award for his paper, “The Socialization of Undergraduate Music Teachers,” which examines the influences affecting the career interests of undergraduate music students. Given to music education researchers at early stages of their careers, the award recognized the clarity of Isbell’s research purpose, appropriateness of his research design, and his writing quality.

The paper was based on Isbell’s Ph.D. dissertation, “The Socialization and Occupational Identity of Undergraduate Music Education Students Enrolled in Traditional Baccalaureate Programs,” to which the Council of Research in Music Education awarded the 2006 Outstanding Dissertation in Music Education.

In addition to a cash prize, Isbell received an invitation to present his paper at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium VII at the University of South Florida in February.  “I am very excited about receiving this award, and I look forward to representing our school in Florida next year,” Isbell said.

After graduating from the Ithaca College School of Music with degrees in music education and trumpet performance, Isbell went on to earn advanced degrees in music education — a master’s from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including “Music Educators Journal,” “Journal of Research in Music Education,” and “Update: Applications for Research in Music Education.” In addition to local and national conferences, he has presented at international conferences in England and Italy.

Isbell has taught in Colorado and New York school districts, and has also provided private instruction at the Boulder Arts Academy. A former principal trumpet in the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra and the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, he has also performed with the Steamboat Springs Jazz Quartet, the Kanno Ko! African Drum Ensemble, and the rock band Flashback. He currently plays trumpet with the Swamp College Brass Quintet in the Fingerlakes area of New York.

Isbell maybe be reached at (607) 274-3688 or

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