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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Ryan Hourigan (2010 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year) joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching instrumental and vocal music at the secondary and university level. A native of Illinois, Dr. Hourigan holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University (B.M.), Michigan State University (M.M. Wind Conducting) and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan.
Dr. Hourigan currently teaches instrumental music education and is the Associate Director (interim) of the School of Music at Ball State University. His research interests include teaching music to students with special needs, the preparation of preservice music teachers, professional development for music teachers, and preservice music teacher identity development. Dr. Hourigan has been published or is in press in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Teaching Music, The Music Educators Journal and The Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education. His article (along with Amy Hourigan) entitled Teaching Music to Children with Autism: Understandings and Perspectives was the most downloaded article for the Music Educators Journal for 2012. In addition, Dr. Hourigan has presented at state and national conferences including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), The Society for Music Teacher Education, and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC now NAFME).
Currently in its third printing, Dr. Hourigan is the co-author of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach (2011). This is a comprehensive text written by practicing music educators, music teacher educators and researchers in the field of teaching music to children with special needs.
In 2009, Dr, Hourigan co-founded the Prism Project. This program provides an opportunity for Ball State students to gain skills in the area of teaching students with special needs (http://prismproject.iweb.bsu.edu). His is currently working on his second text with Oxford University Press (along with Alice Hammel) on teaching music to children with autism.
During Dr. Hourigan’s tenure as a high school wind and vocal conductor, his performing ensembles received state and national recognition including two tours of Europe (Ireland, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic). He was also among the primary planners for St. Daniel Hall for the Performing Arts at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. He maintains an active schedule of conducting and adjudicating regionally and nationally in both the vocal and instrumental area.
Dr. Hourigan a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), College Music Society (CMS), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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