Cynthia Crump Taggart

Author, Professor of Music Education — Michigan State University

Cynthia Crump Taggart is professor of music education at the Michigan State University College of Music.

She received her B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University. In addition to being a faculty member, she is immediate past president of the College Music Society. Taggart directs and teaches in the Early Childhood Music Program of the MSU Community Music School. She received the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar award. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught for four years at Case Western Reserve University, where she won the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also has extensive elementary and preschool teaching experience in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Taggart’s publications include co-authorship of Music Play, Best Music for Young Bands and co-editorship of Learning from Young Children, The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory, and Readings in Music Learning Theory, in which she wrote chapters, entitled “The Measurement and Evaluation of Music Aptitudes and Achievement” and “Rhythm Syllables: A Comparison of Systems.” She is also in the process of co-authoring Jump Right In: The General Music Curriculum. In addition, she has written extensively for professional journals. Her research interests are early childhood music, measurement, psychology of music, music learning theory, and music aptitude.

Cynthia’s Events

Saturday, October 13