School of Music alumna featured on Aaron Dworkin's 'Arts Engines' web series

Elizabeth Guerriero

Penn State School of Music alumna Elizabeth Guerriero, owner of Beth G Consulting, is featured on an episode of “Arts Engines,” where she discusses her music education philosophies and her work with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Hosted by Aaron Dworkin, “Arts Engines” highlights leaders and game-changers making a significant impact in the field of the arts. Guerriero’s episode was recorded in November and will be released on Dec. 9 on the Arts Engines website.

“I’m so appreciative for the opportunity to share the importance of music education with such a wide audience,” Guerriero said.

Guerriero graduated from Penn State in 2011 with a doctorate in music education. Prior to founding her consulting firm, she served as executive director of Integrative Arts at Rowan University and interim executive director of Westrick Music Academy. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education.

Guerriero also served as director of education for City University of New York’s Harmony Program, where she worked with more than 500 students in low-income communities across the city of New York, and such artists as the Canadian Brass, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera and Joshua Bell.

Guerriero’s appearance on “Arts Engines” was co-sponsored by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Suzuki education, a focus of Guerriero’s scholarship and pedagogy, is a Japanese method of teaching young children to play instruments through collaboration among parents, the teacher and the student.

“Arts Engines” is produced in partnership with and distributed by Detroit Public Television, Ovation TV, The Violin Channel and American Public Media including Performance Today and YourClassical. The show reaches more than 100,000 viewers every week, making it one of the most widely viewed arts shows in the nation.

“My time on ‘Arts Engines’ provided the opportunity to discuss the relevance of Suzuki education in the 21st century,” Guerriero said.

Reflecting on her time at the University, Guerriero said she considered several schools, but Penn State stood out.

“Penn State for me was sort of a no-brainer because it had the most outstanding music education doctoral program,” Guerriero said. “I received a world-class education and I’m very thankful for Penn State and the amazing faculty.”

The episode of "Arts Engines" was recorded in November and will be released on Dec. 9 on the Arts Engines website.