University of Michigan’s Marie McCarthy Honored by the Society for Research in Music Education

Marie McCarthy, professor of music education at the University of Michigan, recently received the Senior Researcher Award from the Society for Research in Music Education of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The award recognizes significant, long-term scholarship in music education.

Carlos R. Abril, professor of music and associate dean of research at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and chair of the Society for Research in Music Education, stated that “over the past three decades, Dr. McCarthy has produced a steady stream of insightful, innovative, and influential scholarship examining the sociocultural and sociohistorical dimensions of music education and music. She has proved to be selfless in her service to various research communities, including NAfME, and a gentle but forceful leader, able to open spaces for marginalized voices, raise standards for research, and expand our notions of research. She is most deserving of the Society for Research in Music Education’s highest honor.”

A native of Ireland, Dr. McCarthy joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2006. Previously, she taught at the University of Maryland from 1990 to 2006 and earlier was an instructor of music at Eastern Michigan University. Since 2015, Professor McCarthy has served as the editor of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. She is the author of Passing It On: The Transmission of Music in Irish Culture (Cork University Press, 1999).

Professor McCarthy is a graduate of University College, Dublin. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in music from the University of Michigan.


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