Carlos Abril

Title/Position: Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Music Education


What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?

• Receiving the Miami-Dade County Region V Teacher of the Year Award

• Working as an educational presenter and consultant for Ravinia’s Education and Community Partnership program

• Being appointed to the editorial boards of two of the top journals in music education: Journal of Research in Music Education and the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education

• Co-editing the book, Musical Experiences in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (Rowman and Littlefield)

• Eight years of service as a professor at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and member of the Northwestern Center for the Study of Education and the Music Experience

• Being featured for Excellence in Research at Northwestern University and being named to the Faculty Honor Roll by the Student Government

What is your teaching philosophy?

I view teaching as an opportunity to inspire, transform, and empower students. Through the course experience, I aim to stimulate students’ thinking surrounding concepts and principles of the discipline. Rather than impose my conceptions of the material, I strive to empower students by having them construct knowledge and make transfers that are meaningful to their professional goals. As such, I create an environment where students take responsibility for their learning through active investigations that challenge and ignite interest. My function as a teacher is to facilitate a personal change or expansion in students’ thinking about music and education that is relevant in contexts beyond the university classroom. 

Finish the statement, “Music is …”

Music is a complex social phenomenon involving humans actively engaging with, within, and without sound.

Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?

The world of music has changed dramatically since the 20th century and very few Schools of Music in the U.S. have been able to keep pace. The Frost School of Music is an institution that has been able to predict and respond to those changes by creating meaningful, dynamic, and relevant music degree programs and course work for the 21st century. Frost is the wise choice for any prospective student looking for a progressive and innovative education in music.

Dr. Carlos Abril is associate professor and director of undergraduate music education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He was previously associate professor and coordinator of music education at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Abril’s research focuses on socio-cultural issues in music education, arts education policy, and music perception. He has published articles in Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, and serves on many editorial boards. He co-edited the book, Musical Experience in Our Lives (Rowman & Littlefield) and has written chapters for other books, including The Handbook of Research in Music Learning (Oxford) and Alternative Approaches in Music Education (Rowman & Littlefield). His music arrangements and instructional materials are published by World Music Press and in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, Spotlight on Music. Abril received a Ph.D. in music education at Ohio State University, M.M. in performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in music education at the University of Miami. He is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk and has received extensive training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He is a former general music and choral educator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where he was honored as Region V Teacher of the Year and with the Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award.

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