Erika J. Knapp is Instructor of Music Teaching and Learning, where she teaches elementary music methods, classroom instruments, middle school choral methods, and supervises student teachers. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at Michigan State University. She earned a Master’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Central Michigan University, and Bachelor’s in Music from Austin College. She has also completed Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III and Masterclass, as well as Music Learning Theory Early Childhood Level I. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she served as Visiting Faculty in Music Education at Central Michigan University. Additionally, she serves as the Level 1 Pedagogy Teacher for the American Orff Schulwerk Association at both Lee University and Samford University. Prior to her career in higher education, she taught elementary and middle school music in the Mid-Michigan Area for 14 years, where she taught K-5 music, afterschool Orff clubs, beginning ukulele, history of rock and roll, music appreciation, and middle school choir.
Her scholarly and research interests include music education for students with ability differences, teacher professional development, intersectional identity, antiracist music education, early childhood and elementary general music education, teachers as improvisational artists, and community music. Her work has been published in the Michigan Music Educators Journal, Orff Echo and Music Education Research, and she has an invited book chapter coming out in 2022 in the Routledge Companion to Musical Creativity, as well as an article in press in Music Educators Journal. In addition to her research, she serves as the Eastman student NAfME chapter advisor, serves on the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Advocacy Subcommittee, and is a digital mentor for new teachers through the same organization. She was recently nominated to run for a seat on the AOSA National Board of Directors.
An active presenter and guest clinician, Erika has shared her scholarship and passion for teaching at the local, state, national, and international level. Most recently, she presented at the NAfME National Conference and the Early Childhood Music and Movement International Conference, both in 2021. She has also presented her original work at Desert Skies Symposium for Research in Music Education, New Directions International Conference on Music and Policy, Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, Association for Popular Music Education, Mountain Lake Music Education Colloquium, Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium, ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone, American Orff Schulwerk National Conference, Michigan Music Conference, Texas Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Conference. She is frequently invited to speak on topics of inclusion in the music room as well as teacher creativity and authentic assessment strategies.