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Ann Clements

Assistant Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs - Faculty Development (Academic Administrator)
Headshot of Penn State Music Education Professor Ann Clements
814-867 0359

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
205A Old Main
University Park, PA, 16802

Ann C. Clements, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs – Faculty Development at the Pennsylvania State University where she oversees university-wide professional development for Penn State’s 6,500+ faculty across 24 campuses. She leads faculty success initiatives including those related to new faculty orientation, promotion and tenure, mentoring, leadership training, teaching effectiveness, transition and retention, and emeritus engagement. Additionally, she oversees the Administrative Fellows program, the Penn State Laureate program, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. In conjunction with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, she engages with the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities.

As a Professor of Music Education, she is an active researcher, musician, and pedagogue, having given over 150 presentations throughout the United States and around the world. She is published in multiple national and international journals and is the author and editor of multiple books in her field including Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music, Alternative Approach in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field, and Popular Music Pedagogies: A Practical Guide. The recipient of accolades and fellowships, she was awarded the 2018 Penn State University Impact Award for innovative teaching and won the 2015 Penn State Open Innovation Challenge for her work in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Her primary research areas include music participation, game theory and augmented realities in education, professional development in higher education, arts integration, and ethnomusicology, of which she is a recognized scholar in Maori music of New Zealand.

  • Education
    • BM from University of Puget Sound
    • MA from University of Washington
    • PhD from University of Washington
  • Courses Taught
    • Music Education
  • Publications + Presentations


    • The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and inspired recipes for beginners and experts
      ed. Alan Gumm, Ann Clements (contributing author), Joanne Rutkowski (contributing author)
      Expert trade secrets from around the world all placed in one easy source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite “recipes” that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of choirs.
      Meredith Music Publications, 2006
      ISBN 1-57463-078-4
    • Silver Burdett Making Music, Grades: K-8
      Ann Clements (contributing author)
      Textbooks for the general music classroom from kindergarten to eighth grade.
      Scott Foresman, 2005 (includes individual texts for teacher and student at each grade level, plus an audio package and CD-ROM.)
    • A Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music
      Ann Clements and Rita Klinger
      A practical guide to student teaching in music. This text contains over 30 online worksheets and 20 narratives and scenarios that will guide student teachers through their first teaching experiences.
    • Alternative Approaches in Music Education: Case Studies from the Field
      Ed. Ann Clements, Robert Gardner (contributor), Linda Thornton (contributor)
      This text contains 25 case studies of music programs from across the country that are implementing unique music practices in their music classrooms. This publication is presented in association with the national Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE).
    • Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (Volume III, 3rd Edition)
      Ed. Bill Anderson and Pat Campbell
      Ann Clements: Pacific and Oceania Chapter Editor and Contributing Author
      The third edition of this landmark text in multicultural music education consists of three volumes that cover multiple musical cultures from around the globe.
  • Expertise
    • Music Education