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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education

B.M.E., University of Northern Iowa;
M.A., University of Northern Iowa;
Ph.D. The University of Iowa;
Conducting Diploma with Honors, Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti

Tamara Thies teaches music education coursework including Foundations and Principles of Music Teaching, Teaching Secondary School Music, Practicum in Music Education, and Student Teaching in Music. She advises all music education students and is the advisor for the National Association for Music Education collegiate chapter at IWU.

Prior to serving the Illinois Wesleyan community, Thies taught secondary instrumental music for 15 years in the public schools of Iowa and south Georgia. Her concert ensembles consistently received superior ratings and musical accolades while her jazz ensembles were recognized at state and national levels.

During Thies’s public school experiences, she earned advanced teaching certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Additionally, she was invited to the Iowa Comprehensive Musicianship Project where she continues to guide practicing teachers through a process of intentional rehearsal planning and score study that engages students on a variety of levels. Due to this interest, she received the Barry Bratton Award for Achievement in Design of Instructional Processes from The University of Iowa College of Education in 2011.

Thies’s research interests encompass music teaching and learning with a particular focus on affective learning through creativity, learning and the brain, and collaborative practices to build teaching skills. She continues to present at state, national, and international research conferences including recent presentations at the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies: Researching Music Practices - Methodological Approaches in Bergen, Norway, the ISME Regional European Association of Schools Conference in Leuven, Belgium, and the Improvising Brain Concert and Symposium conference in Atlanta, Georgia.