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About Laura A. Stambaugh

Laura Stambaugh teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and music cognition and supervises student teachers. Before joining the faculty of Georgia Southern University, she was on the music education faculty at Western Washington University. Stambaugh taught elementary- and middle-school band and chorus for 11 years in New Hampshire. Her curriculum included chamber music and emphasized a comprehensive musicianship approach. She has been active as an oboist and conductor with community ensembles in Georgia, New Hampshire, and Washington.
Stambaugh’s primary research area examines instrumental skill acquisition from motor learning perspectives. Her secondary research areas include MIDI wind controllers, developing error detection skills, special learners and music, and adult music learners. She has presented at local, national and international conferences, including NAfME, Georgia MEA, South Carolina MEA, Washington MEA, the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Symposium on Performance Science.
Stambaugh’s research appears in Journal of Research in Music Education; Psychology of Music; Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Her teaching articles are found in Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from University of Washington, a M.M. in music education from Northwestern University, and a B.M. in music education from Ithaca College.


2010 - Present Director of Music Education, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Music, Department of


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Honors and Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Excellence


  • Introduction to Music Education (MUSC 2621)
  • Elementary Methods & Materials in Music (MUSC 3232)
  • Middle Grades Music Methods (MUSC 4531)
  • Secondary Music Methods (MUSC 4532)
  • Seminar in Music Education (MUSC 4611)
  • Student Teaching P-12 Music Education (MUSC 4799)
  • Music and the Brain (MUSC 7891)
  • History & Philosophy of Music Education (MUSC 7231)
  • Current Trends in Music Education (Introduction to Research) (MUSC 7232)
  • Double Reed Pedagogy (oboe) (MUS 265B)
  • Technology for Music Educators (MUS 328A)
  • Music for Elementary Teachers (MUS 361)
  • Art of Listening to Music (MUS 104)


September 2005 - June 2009 PhD Music Education, University of Washington
June 1997 - July 2000 MM Music Education, Northwestern University
August 1990 - May 1994 BM Music Education, Ithaca College

Contact Information

PO Box 8052
Statesboro, Ga 30460
Phone: (912)478-5845
Office: Foy Building

Publications (13)

Refereed Presentations (International) (4)

Refereed Presentations (National) (8)