Ann Marie Stanley, an internationally known music education scholar, is Director of the School of Music. Before her appointment at Penn State, Stanley was Professor of Music and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Louisiana State University’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts, and Associate Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music (2007–2016). Stanley taught public school general music and children’s choir for seven years in California. In addition to a doctorate from the University of Michigan, she has degrees in oboe performance from Wichita State University. Stanley is the chair-elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education, one of music education’s most prestigious national professional organizations. Stanley co-authored the Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the U.S. (2020). She has published over 30 textbook chapters and research studies in major music journals, including Arts Education Policy Review, Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and Research Studies in Music Education. She also has written on interdisciplinary arts policy, including editorship of a special focus issue on international arts teacher collaboration for the Arts Education Policy Review journal.
Stanley has presented her research at more than 30 national and international conferences, including being the invited research headliner at the 2022 Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association conference. She has been an invited scholar-in-residence for Temple University, the University of Florida and Wichita State University, and she has spoken at universities in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and China.