Alden Snell

Associate Professor of Music Teaching and Learning

Summers Only Advisor




Alden H. Snell, II, is an Associate Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, supervises student teachers, and advises graduate research.

Dr. Snell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He then earned both Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. While in residency at Eastman, Dr. Snell was awarded the prestigious Donald J. Shetler Prize, awarded to an outstanding doctoral student in music education.

Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Snell taught instrumental music to students in all grade levels in the Hilton (NY) and Kendall (NY) Central School Districts, including service as K-12 Director of Music in Kendall. While teaching in public schools, he earned both early childhood and instrumental music certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). Between completion of his doctorate and his appointment at Eastman, Dr. Snell was an Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Snell’s research interests include teacher musicianship, generative creativity, and music teacher professional development. He is co-editor of Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music, and is co-author of Ready, Set, Improvise! The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation. He is also lead or co-author of research studies published in the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and Visions of Research in Music Education. Dr. Snell maintains an active schedule presenting at local, state, national, and international conference venues, including the most recent International Research in Music Education Conference in England, and the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Baku, Azerbaijan.