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Chair to the Commission on Policy: Culture, Education and Media

Carla E. Aguilar is a professor and the Coordinator of Music Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver, Colorado, USA).

Carla earned her Ph.D. in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, Indiana, USA). She also earned a Master’s degree from the Jacobs School and a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (USA), both in Music Education. Her current teaching duties include undergraduate courses in music education including Foundations of Music Education and The Inclusive Music Classroom. In addition, she observes student teachers in music and works with music students in their field experience placements. Carla is also the faculty advisor for the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education at MSU Denver.

Prior to her appointment, Carla taught elementary music in the Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) area, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music and music education at Indiana University, DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana, USA), and Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana, USA). She has also completed Kodály certification from the Indiana University Kodály Institute (Bloomington, Indiana, USA) and Orff Certification from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA).

Her research interests include policy related to music education, access to music education, student-centered learning, and arts integration. She has presented her research at the American Educational Researchers Association, the National Association for Music Education’s Biennial Conference, the International Society for Music Education, and the Society for Music Teacher Education. She continues to perform with the 38th Infantry Division Indiana Army National Guard Band from Indianapolis, Indiana as a flute and piccolo player.


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