Donna Brink Fox

Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Eisenhart Professor of Music Education
Director, ECMS Early Childhood Music Program



Donna Brink Fox is Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Eastman School.  Dr. Fox has held a faculty appointment in Music Education since 1984 and was named Eisenhart Professor of Music Education in 1998.  She earned a PhD in Music Education from The Ohio State University (1982); MM from Ohio University (1975); and the BA in music from Calvin College (1972).   Additional study includes Harvard’s Management Development Program (1996) and a semester as Provost’s Bridging Fellow in the Simon School of Business at University of Rochester (2006).  Her previous collegiate teaching includes Illinois State University (1980-1984) and Ohio University (1975-1976).

As Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Fox supervises the program areas of Student Life, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life (SAR).  She chairs the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and co-chairs the Early Music Advisory Committee.  Dr. Fox directs the Certificate in Community/Collegiate Music Teaching and supervises several certificate and diploma programs.

Dr. Fox teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in music education, serves as the doctoral academic advisor in music education, and supervises research projects of doctoral and master’s students. She has directed the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education course since this program began in 1992.  On arrival at Eastman, she designed an early music childhood music program for the Eastman Community School, and continues as the Director of that program.

Donna Brink Fox is widely known as an authority in the field of early childhood music education.  Based on her practice and research in this field, she has given presentations and clinics around the world, including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Spain, China, and Canada.  She has been appointed visiting faculty at Sydney Conservatorium in Australia and the Shenyang Conservatory in China.

Dr. Fox has written articles for a variety of music education publications, including the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Orff Echo.  She recently co-authored a three-volume curriculum for teaching music in early childhood classrooms, Classroom Music for Little Mozarts (Alfred 2004, 2007, 2010); the first volume received a Parents’ Choice Award.  She has received grants from the Music Educators National Conference, Paul Foundation, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Texaco Foundation, and New York Council on the Arts for research and program models related to early childhood and to music teacher education.

A founding member of the Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of the MENC, Dr. Fox is Eastern Division representative to the Music Education Research Council (the executive committee of the Society for Research in Music Education of the MENC).  She is on the Research Committee of the New York State School Music Association, the Advisory Board of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and the Development Committee of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Bower School of Music in Fort Myers, FL, and serves on the editorial committee of the e-journal for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Dr. Fox received Eastman’s Eisenhart Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996.  She is listed in Who’s Who in America (1997) and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002).  Rochester community honors include the Richard Snook Memorial Award from the Monroe County School Music Association (2004) and the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2007).  She has received outstanding alumni awards from the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, and in 2010 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University.