Scott C. Shuler

Scott C. Shuler is the Arts Education specialist in the Connecticut State Department of Education.  He has served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Simsbury Public Schools; taught 3-12 instrumental and general music and conducted church choirs in Michigan, Delaware, and Wisconsin; taught music education courses at several universities, including the Hartt School, Eastman School of Music, and New England Conservatory; and served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at California State University, Long Beach.  He earned his B.Mus. at the University of Michigan, his M.S. at the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music. 

Shuler received Arts Education Policy Review’s “Young Writer’s Award” for excellence as an author; the Educational Press Association’s “Distinguished Achievement Award” for editing the MEJ special issue focusing on “Music and At-Risk Students;” “Distinguished Service” and “Outstanding Administrator” awards from Connecticut’s music, art, and theatre associations; California State University’s “Meritorious Performance Award,” Wisconsin’s “Legislative Citation for Excellence,” and the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association’s regional “Outstanding Music Educator Award.”

Dr. Shuler has authored many publications, served on MENC’s UPDATE editorial board, and presented countless workshops on topics such as music program development and assessment, teacher preparation, advocacy, and the role of the arts in middle schools.  He was a member of the task force that developed America’s first National Standards in music in 1994; helped design and interpret the 1999 FRSS federal arts education survey and 1997 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts; co-chaired the Council of Chief State School Officers’ SCASS multi-state arts assessment consortium; and served as president of the National Council of State Supervisors of Music. He is currently Immediate Past-President of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) and co-chair of the writing team updating National Standards in Music.