Channing A. Paluck is an Instructor of Music Teaching and Learning (part-time) at the Eastman School of Music (ESM). He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, where he held the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Doctoral Fellowship in Music Education from 2007-2009. He is a proud ESM alumnus, earning a Master of Arts in Music Education (with certification). He also graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Music and Sociology.
From 1997-2006, Dr. Paluck taught at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester, NY, where he served as both elementary general music teacher and primary instructor with the string program, Strings at 17. This program was the centerpiece of a grant-funded partnership between Rochester City School District and the Eastman School of Music (ESM) that aimed to create an ideal urban music program. He became involved with Strings at 17 in 1999 in order to integrate general music and string instruction. Upon assuming leadership of the program in 2000, an important part of Dr. Paluck’s duties was working with ESM faculty and graduate students to recruit, develop, and supervise ESM students who taught after-school private lessons to students in Strings at 17.
Dr. Paluck’s current duties at ESM focus on string pedagogy. He works with undergraduate students in the development of a sequence of string pedagogy for beginning- and intermediate-level students. He also supervises the students as they apply their knowledge in weekly private lessons to students who attend ROCmusic, a collaborative program among educational institutions, cultural organizations, and governmental agencies to provide music education and performance experiences for youth living in the City of Rochester. Currently, Dr. Paluck is also serving as Interim Director of this program.
Prior to assuming his current duties at ESM, Dr. Paluck was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hong Kong, teaching Research in Music Teaching and Learning and Psychology in Music to graduate students seeking their Postgraduate Diploma in Music. Dr. Paluck also served as an Instructor of Music Education (part-time) at Eastman School of Music, teaching Practicum in String Teaching in an Urban Setting in 2005-2006.
His main research interest is the pedagogical techniques and sequences employed by elementary general music instructors to teach the reading of staff notation. A related research interest is exploring the role of music reading in a comprehensive music education. He has presented on various topics at the ISME World Conference, ISME North American Regional Seminar and Summit, ASTA Conference, Illinois Music Education Conference, and NYSSMA Conference.