Ryan Hourigan

Interim Director

MU 205B  Fax: (765)285-5501

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

Ryan Hourigan 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.

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 currently teaches instrumental music education at Ball State University. His research interests include the preparation of preservice music teachers, aural approaches to teaching beginning instrumental music, teaching music to children with special needs, professional development for music teachers, and preservice music teacher conductor 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, and The Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education . In addition, Dr. Hourigan has presented at state and national conferences including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Music Educators National Conference.

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. In April of each year, the members of The Prism Project present a capstone performance highlighting scenes and music that were created through a collaborative effort between the Ball State volunteers and the 20 performers with special needs. There is a detailed documentary of the project including student and instructor interviews at http://prismproject.iweb.bsu.edu.

Dr. Hourigan is 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.