Music Department Faculty
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Laura Ferguson is
an Associate Professor of Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A native of
Illinois, she earned a BM in music education from Millikin
University in Decatur Illinois, and the M.M.E. and Ed.D from the
University of Illinois.
EDUC 242 Pre-student teaching clinical experience I
EDUC 342 Pre-student teaching clinical experience II
EDUC 421/441 (student teaching observation)
Dr. Ferguson is a specialist in general music with
research interests in children's expressive movements to
music, the use of
vernacular musics in classrooms, and practical applications of
use. Before coming to IUP, she taught elementary general music,
strings, elementary and middle school band, and high school
choral ensembles at schools in Central Illinois. Dr. Ferguson interest
in Jazz, Technology and all things General Music continues
to play an important role in her teaching, both at IUP and
in workshops across the country. Her innovative use of technology in
classroom was recognized by a faculty teaching award during her first
at IUP and continues to be a vital aspect of her teaching.
She is a frequent clinician for the International Association of Jazz
Educators where she presents at international conferences, as well as
serving as a faculty member of IAJE's Teacher Training Institute. Dr.
Ferguson is in frequent demand for MENC National and Regional
having presented workshops and guest lectures in Minnesota, Florida,
Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan, Virginia
West Virginia and Nevada.
Dr. Ferguson frequently writes on the use of technology and vernacular
in the classroom, the reflective process of teaching, and applications
research in general music classrooms. Her articles have been published
Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, The Journal for
Research in Music Education, The Mountain Lake Reader, and Update:
Applications of Research in Music Education.
Here at IUP, Dr. Ferguson teaches methods courses for music majors and
elementary education majors, graduate classes for master students in
education, and supervises thesis work and student teaching. A former
Down-Beat award winner for "Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Recording", she
continues to perform regularly in the immediate area with "Ferguson and Friends" jazz combo. When not teaching, she
enjoys gardening, quilting and spending time with her family.