Karin Hendricks

Assistant Professor of Music Education

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MU 411B  Phone: (765) 285-5493  Fax: (765) 285-5401

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Karin Hendricks is assistant professor of music education at Ball State University, and served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois from 2009-2011. At the university level, she has taught courses in instrumental music education, research, sociology and psychology of music, and contemporary and alternative approaches to music learning. She earned a B.M. in Cello Performance, Oberlin Conservatory; a BA in German studies, Oberlin College; MA in music education, Brigham Young University; and a PhD in music education, University of Illinois.

She has presented workshops at national and international conferences, and has published papers in the American Suzuki Journal, American String Teacher, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Early Childhood Research and Practice, International Journal of Music Education: Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, and Psychology of Music. She has contributed book chapters to Music and Media Infused Lives: Music Education in a Digital Age (Canadian Music Educators’ Association); String Teacher’s Cookbook (Meredith Music); and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 3 (GIA).

Karin Hendricks has served in a variety of service and leadership capacities, including as orchestra vice-president for the Utah Music Educators Association and president-elect of Indiana Chapter of ASTA; on the Advisory Committee of the Music Educators Journal and Editorial Board of the American String Teacher; co-chair of the International Symposium for Research on Talent Education; and on the Advocacy Standing Committee for the International Society for Music Education. She has also served as an article and book reviewer for several national and international journals.

Hendricks conducts research in social psychology and early childhood music learning, with a particular focus on contextual and cultural influences upon motivation and musical engagement. Recent projects have included international collaborative studies, and research observing the means whereby teachers and musicians of all ages foster musical expressiveness and empathy. While completing her doctoral dissertation on the sources of self-efficacy in music performance at the University of Illinois, she was awarded an American Dissertation Fellowship through the American Association of University Women and received an honorable mention for the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award through the University of Illinois Survey Research Laboratory. Since joining the faculty at Ball State University, Hendricks has been awarded several internal grants and fellowships to support her research projects and innovative teaching practices.

Before moving to the collegiate level, Hendricks enjoyed a successful public school orchestra career for 13 years in Utah and Idaho. She was named the 2008 "Secondary Teacher of the Year" for the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, 2005 "Teacher of the Year" at Logan High School in Utah, and was a 2003 recipient of the United States Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush. She has served as an orchestra clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and has maintained a private music studio for 27 years, with students receiving state and national honors.


School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5400
Fax: 765-285-5401
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