James Reddan

(He/His)

Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Music

503-838-8802 | reddanj@wou.edu
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Why I chose WOU

This is truly a great place to be! A wonderful environment, campus, students, and faculty!

At WOU since

09/16/2018

Hobbies

Reading, traveling, hiking, tennis, movies and much more!

Hometown

Waldorf, Maryland

Favorite book/movie

Movie: Charade; Book: Anne of Green Gables or Lord of the Flies

Areas of responsibility

Director of Choral Activities, Choral Conducting, and Choral Music Education

What you will do and learn in my courses

In my courses, you will learn about the art of singing and music making as part of the human condition. This begins with basic vocal technique and musicianship, the combination of theory, history and so much more as applied to choral performance in all genres. You will also learn how to work together to achieve balance and blend, performance practice, and advanced musicianship skills. The choral ensembles are open to everyone at every level!

In Choral Conducting (class and lessons), you will learn what about gesture, verbal and non-verbal communication, how the body creates sound when reacting to gesture, musicianship, performance practice and technique, and how to effectively lead and ensemble both in rehearsal and performance. Every student receives time on the podium and individual attention to focus on their technique. 

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) - Music Education - Boston University (Boston, MA, 2014)

Master of Music (MMus) - Music Education - University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, 2004)

Master of Music (MMus) - Choral Conducting - University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, 2001)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Music Education - McDaniel College (Westminster, MD, 1999)

Exchange Student - Queensland Conservatorium of Music - Brisbane Australia (1997)

Teaching focus

Choral Music and Performance (Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Western Oregon Voices)

Choral Conducting 

Choral Music Education

Research areas

Psychology of Music; Music & Gender; Social Media and Music; Music Perception and Engagement; Sociology of Choral Music; Cultural and Critical Pedagogy in Choral Music.

Professional experience

Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR): Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities, Choral Conducting, and Choral Music Education (2018-present)

Frostburg State Universty (Frostburg, MD): Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities and Music Education (2015-2018)

Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR): Faculty of Music & Director of Choral Activities; Music Program Chair (2008-2015)

Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV): Choral Music Educator at Arbor View High School (2005-2008) and Helen C. Cannon Junior High School (2002-2005)

 

Graduate courses taught

MUEN 501, MUEN 502, MUEN 561, MUP 620

Undergraduate courses taught

MUS 321, MUEN 101, MUEN 102, MUEN 161, MUEN 301, MUEN 302, MUEN 361, MUP 120, MUP 220, MUP 320, MUP 420

Choral Conducting, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Western Oregon Voices, Individual Lessons in Conducting and more. 

Current research

 

Handbook of Jazz and Gender (in progress): Routledge.

Research in progress: Music Listening and Perception; Music and the Brain; Communities of Music in Practice; Social Media as a Reflection of Cultural Understanding and Identification; Social Media and Perception of Self through Music; Crossroads of Cultural and Critical Pedagogy in the Practice of Choral Music

Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

Reddan, J. (2019). Effect of conducting instruction on preservice music educator’s perceptions of

            identity and role (in preparation).

Reddan, J. (2019). The rubric’s journey: The case for continued reflective practice and

            continuous improvement in individual student performance assessment (in review).

Reddan, J. (2019). Relationships between choral ensemble enrollment, student retention, major,

             and degree completion of students in a community college choir (in review).

Reddan, J. (2017) Examination of Social Media’s Role in Undergraduate Music Students’

            Perception of Self, Cultural Identity, and Other Cultures. (Presented at the 2017 Cultural

            Diversity in Music Education Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal, April 2017. Published in the Final

            Conference Proceedings.)

Reddan, J. (2016). “Essential Guide to Songwriting, Producing, and Recording.” Book Review.

            Music Educators Journal, 103 (3), 8-9. New York: Sage Publications.

Reddan, J. (2016) “A cappella Arranging.” Book Review. Music Educators Journal, 103 (2), 12. New

             York: Sage Publications.

Reddan, J. (2014). Effects of Presentation Mode on Community College Students’ Perceptions of

              the Quality of and Self-Reported Level of Engagement with a Choral Performance

              (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Boston University, Boston, MA.

Reddan, J. (2004). The Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to Correct Diction Problems

            in the Junior High School Choral Classroom: A Longitudinal Study (Unpublished

            master’s thesis). University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

Reddan, J. (2001). Eight Books Every Choral Conductor Should Read: A Guide to the Texts and

            What’s Really Out There! Choral Journal, 41(8), 69-70.

SELECTED LECTURES, PAPERS, CONFERENCE SESSIONS, POSTER PRESENTATIONS, AND PERFORMANCES

Oregon Music Educators Association (Eugene, OR) (2020)

A Comparative Analysis of First-Year Students' MUSE and MUSEBAQ Results versus Actual Measured Music Listening Preferences, Habits, and Engagement Using Social Media and Streaming Music (poster)

Effectiveness of a Vocal Performance Rubric to Measure Student Progress Over Time (poster)

Alaska Music Educators Association (Anchorage, AK) (2020)

Formation: Getting the Best Sound from Your Ensemble (conference session)

There's an APP for That in Choral Music (conference session)

Choral Reading Session (conference session)

Jazz Education Network (New Orleans, LA) (2020)

Ungendering the Vocal Jazz Ensemble (paper)                                                               

45th International Council for Traditional Music World Conference (Bangkok, Thailand) (2019)

Changing the Culture of the Choir: Inclusion, Cohesion, and Equality (paper)

Documenting Jazz (Dublin, Ireland) (2019)

Perceiving Gender in Jazz: Documenting the Past, Present, and Social Theorizing the Future (paper)

Northwest National Association for Music Education (Portland, OR) (2019)

Assessing the Assessment: Rubric Effectiveness and Value in Individual Undergraduate Student Vocal Jury Performance (poster)

Maryland Music Educators Association (Baltimore, MD) (2018)

The Student Teaching Triangle (conference session)

National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference (Atlantic City, NJ) (2017)

Assessing the Assessment: Holistic Assessment of Undergraduate Vocal and Instrumental Students (poster)

Relationships between Community College Students’ Perception of Performance Quality and Self-Reported Level of Musical Engagement (poster)

International Conference on Cultural Diversity in Music Education (Kathmandu, Nepal) (2017)

Examination of Social Media’s Role in Undergraduate Music Students’ Perception of Self,

Cultural Identity, and Other Cultures (paper presentation)

Maryland Music Educators Association State Conference (Baltimore, MD) (2017)

There’s an APP for That! (conference session)

Gestural Language for the Singer and Conductor (conference session)                                          

American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference (Boston, MA) (2016)

Boots ‘n’ Cats: Vocal A cappella and the Choral Music Program (conference session)

Maryland Music Educators Association State Conference (Baltimore, MD) (2016)

Effects and Relationship of Greek Life Membership on Academic Progress in a Collegiate Music Department (poster presentation)

West Virginia Music Educators Association (Charleston, WV) (2016)

The A cappella Revolution: Vocal A cappella and the Choral Classroom (conference session)

Shape, Sound, and Size: Choral Formation in the Choral Rehearsal (conference session)

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon, OR) (2018)

The Impact of Music Education on a Rural Community (lecture)

Oregon Music Educators Association Conference (Eugene, OR) (2015)

Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir (concert hour performance)

Community College Students’ Value of and Persistence in Choral Music Education (poster)

Linn-Benton Community College Annual In-service (Albany, OR) (2014)

Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment: Practical Applications (workshop)                          

Leadership Corvallis (Corvallis, OR) (2014)

The Role of Music Education: Developing Future Leaders (lecture demonstration)

Oregon Music Educators Association (Eugene, OR) (2014)

Practice What You Preach: An Investigation of the Practice and Memorization Strategies  of Students in a Collegiate Concert Choir (poster)

Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir (concert hour performance)                                                   

Academy of Lifelong Learning, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (2012)

The Olympic Journey: Music, Singing, and Lifelong Learning (lecture demonstration)

Oregon Music Educators Association Conference (Eugene, OR) (2011)

Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir (concert hour performance)

Oregon Music Educators Association Conference (Eugene, OR) (2010)

Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir (concert hour performance)

Northwest American Choral Directors Association Conference (Seattle, WA) (2010)

Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir (concert hour performance)

SELECTED GUEST CONDUCTING, CLINICS, AND ADJUDICATION

2019

Adjudicator/Clinician, District IX Middle School Choral Festival, Corvallis, OR 

Adjudicator/Clinician, League Choral Festival, Independence High School, Independence, OR

Clinic, Silverton Middle School at WOU, Monmouth, OR                                                    

Guest Clinician, Anchorage Pubic Schools, Anchorage, AK (East Anchorage, South Anchorage, Dimond, Palmer High Schools)

Clinic, Stayton High School, Stayton, OR                                                                              

Clinic, Philomath High School, Philomath, OR                                                                       

Clinic, West Salem High School, Salem, OR                                                                            

Adjudicator, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Northwest Quarterfinal, Salem, OR

Adjudicator, International Championship of High School A Cappella Northwest Quarterfinal, Salem, OR                                                                                                        

2018

Clinic, Deepcreek Damascus Middle School at WOU, Monmouth, OR                                  

Adjudicator, Allegany County Public Schools Choral Assessment                                    

Adjudicator, St. Mary’s County Public Schools Choral Assessment    

2017                                 

Guest Conductor, Allegany County High School Honor Choir                                                 

Adjudicator, International Championship of A cappella – The Open Competition                   

Adjudicator, Montgomery County Middle School Choral Festival                                           

Adjudicator, Enkor Academy National Vocal Competition                                                      

Artist in Residence, Chopticon High School Academy for Visual and Performing Arts          

Guest Clinician, St. Mary’s County Schools – Pre-Assessment Clinician                                

Adjudicator, International Championship of High School A cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal, LaPlata, MD

2016

Guest Conductor, St. Mary’s County All-County High School Honor Choir                         

Guest Clinician, McDaniel College Department of Music, Vocal Improvisation                

Adjudicator, Enkor Academy National Vocal Competition                                                    

Adjudicator, Washington County High School Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival             

Adjudicator, Montgomery County High School Choral Festival                                            

Adjudicator, Allegany County Middle and High School Choral Festival                                 

Adjudicator, International Championship of High School A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal, Cherry Hill, NJ                                                                                                 

Professional memberships

American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Oregon Music Educators Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, College Music Society, International Federation of Choral Music, Jazz Education Network, International Society for Music Teacher Education, International Society for Music Education, International Council for Traditional Music. 

 




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