Catheryn Foster

Catheryn Shaw Foster, Assistant Professor of Practice of Music Education

Catheryn Shaw Foster, Assistant Professor of Practice of Music Education
Catheryn Shaw Foster, Assistant Professor of Practice of Music Education

School of Education
330 Sterrett Dr. Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9423 | csfoster@vt.edu

Dr. Foster is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in Music Education. Prior to her appointment at Virginia Tech, she served as a Lecturer in Music Education, as well as the Program Coordinator for Music Education at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her areas of research include musician participant groupings for human neuroimaging projects, faculty perceptions at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and growth mindset in the music ensemble setting. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Masters in Music Education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. 

  • Participant groupings for human neuroimaging projects
  • Field experience in the pre-service teacher education curriculum
  • Growth mindset in the music ensemble setting
  • White faculty perceptions at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Ethics courses in the undergraduate music education program
  • PhD in Music Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2018
  • MM in Music Education, Valdosta State University, 2013
  • BM in Music Education, Columbus State University, 2007
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Symposium for Music Teacher Education
  • Past affiliations with Georgia Music Educators Association & North Carolina Music Educators AssociationGeorgia – District VIII Chair Person (2014-2015)
  • Research and Program Development Award (Fayetteville State University)
  • Joy C. Morrison Fellow (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

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Journal Articles

Foster, C. S. Bringing experiences to pre-service music educators through technology. North Carolina Music Educator, 69 (4), 22 – 23. 

Book Chapters

  • “Participant Groupings for Neuroimaging Projects Involving Musicians,” High Point University, High Point, NC (November 2019)
  • Middle School Band Directors Workshop (multiple days), Lowndes High School, Valdosta, Georgia (July 2019)
  • “The Effects of Music on the Brain at Any Age,” High Point Century’s Study Group, High Point, NC (January 2017)
  • “When Music and the Mind Combine: Music and Brain Research,” Valdosta, GA (August 2016)
  • Network Science Education Summer Workshop, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Greensboro, NC (July 2016)
  • American Association of University Women Triad Tech Savvy Day, Network Science Education, Greensboro, NC (April 2016) 
  • Piedmont Honor Band, Kernersville, NC (March 2019)
  • Riverside High School, Williamston, NC (March 2019)
  • Georgia Music Educators Association District II, Clinic Band Clinician, Waycross, GA (February 2017)
  • Salisbury High School Symphonic Band, Guest Clinician, Salisbury, NC (May 2016)
  • Georgia Music Educators Association District VIII, Honor Band Clinician, Norman Park, GA (February 2015) 

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