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PhD Candidate-Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Brian N. Weidner is a PhD candidate in Music Education at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.  He holds bachelor degrees in Music Education and English Education from Illinois State University and masters degrees in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.  Prior to his studies at Northwestern, he taught for 12 years at McHenry High School (IL), serving as its Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor, and is a National Board certified teacher. He has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Illinois Music Educator, was a contributing author of a chapter in The Music and Literacy Connection, and has presented at the NAfME National Research Conference, the International Conference for Research in Music Education, the CMS National Conference, and other national and regional conferences. His academic interests include investigating the relationship between music and literacy and the development of independent musicianship through large ensemble instruction.