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Daniel A. Abrahams

Daniel A. Abrahams

Music Education

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(MUSC)-Music

Phone: 479-575-4701

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Daniel Abrahams is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Arkansas. A native of Massachusetts, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Temple University, a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

As a music educator, Dr. Abrahams is the inaugural recipient of the Jupiter Band Instruments Award for Excellence in Teaching Concert Band presented by NAFME: The National Association for Music Education and the 2010 Nebraska VFW Citizenship Educator of the Year.  He has presented seminars at the national meetings of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); presented a seminar in Critical Pedagogy for Music Education at the Conservatorio Brasiliero de Musica in Rio de Janeiro; presented a seminar on Reciprocal Teaching at the 2nd European Conference on Developmental Psychology of Music, London, England; and presented seminars on Reciprocal Teaching and Informal Learning at the 29th International Society for Music Education World Conference, Beijing, China. 

Dr. Abrahams frequently writes about the use of reciprocal teaching, sociotranformative apprenticeship, and learner agency in the music classroom. His article on the impact of reciprocal teaching on the development of musical understanding in high school student members of performing ensembles is published in Visions of Research on Music Education and reprinted in Keith Swanwick’s Music Education: Major Themes (Vol. 3) published by Routledge. His most recent research examined how conducting pedagogy fosters personal and musical agency among beginning instrumental conductors.  Before coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Abrahams taught middle and high school instrumental music in the Omaha Public Schools. 

Abrahams is a contributing author in Perspectives on Music in Urban Schools published by NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, The Child as Musician, 2nd edition, and the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, both published by Oxford University Press.

Research interests include the acquisition of learner agency and the use of reciprocal teaching in classroom music and ensembles, as well as the integration of music into STEM education.

Music Education

MUAC 2112 Music Technology
MUED 2552 Class Strings
MUED 3911 Classroom Instruments
MUED 4273 String Methods
Student Teacher Supervision

PhD Oakland University

Abrahams, D. (2017). The efficacy of service learning in students’ engagement with music technology. The 1st International Music Education Conference of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Music Education in the Community – Traditions, Challenges, and Innovations, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abrahams, D. (2016). Fostering musical and personal agency in beginning conductors. 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Glasgow, UK.

Abrahams, D (2008). The impact of reciprocal teaching on the development of musical imagination, musical intellect and musical creativity in high school student members of performing ensembles: An action research. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Abrahams, D. (2007). Critical pedagogy for music education: chorus, orchestra and band. Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Abrahams, F., & Abrahams, D. (2010). Empowering musical understanding with ideas from reciprocal teaching. 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China.

Abrahams, F., Abrahams, D. Heuser, F., & Goodrich, A. (2010). Going green: The application of informal music learning strategies in high school choral and instrumental ensembles. 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China.

Abrahams, F., & Abrahams, D. (2008). The impact of reciprocal teaching on the development of musical imagination, musical intellect and musical creativity in high school student members of performing ensembles: An action research. 2nd European Conference on Developmental Psychology of Music: London, England.

Abrahams, F., & Abrahams, D. (2006). Differentiating instruction in the band and choral rehearsal. 4th International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI.

Abrahams, D. (2016). Stronger together: Composing in the large ensemble. NAfME National Inservice Conference. Grapevine, TX.

Abrahams, F., & Abrahams, D. (2006). Interviewing for the first job, MENC Biennial National Inservice Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Abrahams, F., Abrahams, D., & Philips, J. (2004). The composer meets the conductor. MENC Biennial National Inservice Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

2017 Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship