2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Research Session 1 - Faculty and Doctoral Student Research

El Pomar Room

H. Ellie Wolfe
Drake University, Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. H. Ellie Wolfe is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Having also taught band, orchestra, and choir, they specialize in general music and early childhood music. In their research, Dr. Wolfe examines the intersections between music education, general early childhood education, and teacher education, seeking to share and adapt best practices across these disciplines as may be most enriching for students and teachers. They serve as Secretary on the board for the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, Early Childhood Chair for the Iowa Music Educators Association, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Music Educators Journal. Their publications include articles in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Perspectives: The Journal of the Music and Movement Association,Arts Education Policy Review, General Music Today, Teaching Music, state music education journals, Teaching Music, Teaching Young Children, and Early Years Bulletin. They earned their Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder and their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University.

Charles Oldenkamp
University of Colorado - Boulder, MacFerran Doctoral Fellow in Music Education

Charles Oldenkamp is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder as the MacFerran Doctoral Fellow in Music Education. Currently, he is active as the editorial assistant for the Journal of Music Teacher Education and as the lead graduate coordinator for the University of Colorado Middle School Ensembles program. He is also the instructor of record for an undergraduate music education brass methods course. Prior to beginning his studies at CU, Charles was an instrumental music and music theory teacher for 14 years across the state of Iowa. Students and ensembles under his direction consistently earned high honors in the areas of marching, concert, and jazz performance. He has presented at the Iowa Music Educators Conference, the Iowa Bandmasters Conference, and at the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters annual meeting. Charles holds a Master of Music from Colorado State University in conducting with an emphasis in music education and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra

Jennifer L. Grice has taught music from Kindergarten through College for the past 22 years. She has received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (DA); The University of Louisiana at Monroe (2 MM's); and Arizona State University (BME). Before returning to Colorado to attend UNC for grad school, Jennifer was the Director of Education at Conn-Selmer, Inc. working with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. She has taken her orchestra, Lafayette High School Chamber Orchestra from Lexington, Kentucky, to perform at The Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Music For All National Orchestra Festival, and KMEA state conference.

Eric Wallace
Western Oregon University, Bass trombone performance and musician’s health specialist

Eric Wallace specializes in bass trombone performance and musician’s health, and is equally comfortable on stage as both a performer and lecturer. His performance credits include the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, the Milal Orchestra, Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Pecos River Brass Band, and various ensembles throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His premier performances include Hiver: trio for bass, bass trombone and piano by Nicolas Kaviani’s and Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony. He has also worked as a researcher and academic for the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, where he has taught the Occupational Health in Music course at the University of North Texas.

Eric is currently focused on studying an often-discussed but little-understood performance disorder that is sometimes referred to as “valsalva maneuver”. His interest in this problem stems from having personally suffered from it in his own playing, and retraining his ability to play naturally. Now, he is focused on helping musicians who have also suffered from this disorder, including helping them retrain or simply hearing their experiences. Eric's other academic achievements include the first epidemiological survey of the health of trombonists, published in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2016. Data from this survey was presented at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s Annual Symposium in 2015, including presentations on the pain experienced by trombonists, and how personality can impact performance anxiety. He has presented research often at PAMA and the International Trombone Festival.

More information about Eric, his research, and his performances can be found at ericwallacemusic.com

Gentry Ragsdale
University of Colorado - Boulder

Ms. Ragsdale is a music education doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a master's degree in clarinet performance with a cognate in ethnomusicology from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to attending CU, she taught middle school and high school band in north Texas and was a woodwind doubler in musical theater productions.

Presider: Dr. James Austin, CMEA Research Chair


Dr. H. Ellie Wolfe (Drake University) and Dr. Lisa Martin (Bowling Green State University) – “Mindfulness Practice in Academia: A Collective Self-Study”

Charles Oldenkamp (University of Colorado Boulder) – “Self-Efficacy in Middle School Jazz Instruction”

Jennifer L. Grice (Windsor High School and the University of Northern Colorado) – “Prominent Women Wind Conductors in Higher Education: Trials, Triumphs, and Recommendations for Improving Gender Equity in the Field”

Dr. Eric Wallace (Western Oregon University) – “Epidemiologic Survey of a Unique Type of Task-Specific Dystonia in Brass Musicians”

Gentry Ragsdale (University of Colorado Boulder) – “A Survey of Texas Music Educators’ Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices”