2019 NAfME-Texas State Board
Congratulations to our NEW NAfME-Texas Member-At-Large
Erin Hansen, Ph.D.
Dr. Erin Hansen moved to Texas after a successful 12-year career teaching students in Michigan public schools. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Houston, where she helped establish the university’s collegiate NAfME chapter. Dr. Hansen received her doctorate in music education at the University of Michigan (2016), where she also completed her master of music education degree (2010).
Prior to working at the collegiate level, Dr. Hansen established herself in the Midwest string teaching community. At the state level, Dr. Hansen served on the Michigan board of the American String Teachers Association for six years as both the program and camp director for the MASTA String Camps. While earning her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (1999), she was an instructor in East Lansing’s Early Morning Strings program, maintained a private cello lesson studio of over 20 students, was a regular guest string clinician at nearly a dozen public schools, and taught Suzuki group classes for one of foremost Suzuki programs in the state of Michigan.
Dr. Hansen had the honor of teaching fifth through twelfth grade string and full orchestra in Saline Michigan for nine years. During that time, she guided her students to earn top ratings at several music festivals, started a music partnership with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, lead her students in multiple service projects, developed and started a class guitar program, and directed two successful fiddle programs. Later, during her doctoral studies, Dr. Hansen taught for Ann Arbor Public Schools, where she worked with fifth- through eighth-grade string students. During this time, Dr. Hansen also worked with other music teachers as a clinician for the Michigan String Workshop at the University of Michigan.
At the University of Houston, Dr. Hansen teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and string instrument pedagogy. Additionally, she enjoys working with Houston-area musicians and teachers, such as the Houston Youth Symphony Coda Music Program. Dr. Hansen is an active researcher and has published several articles in journals, such as the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. Currently, her main area of research is identity development among musicians and music teachers, especially within the LGBTQ community. To help bridge the worlds of research and practice, Dr. Hansen continues to present sessions and workshops for inservice K-12 music teachers at state and national conferences, such as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention, the Michigan Music Conference (MMC), and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference.
In addition to her work at the University of Houston, Dr. Hansen volunteers her time in local classrooms, working with the public school students in her community. She is a member of Community Voices for Public Education (CVPE), and works with local groups and organizations such as the Opt Out Academy, BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, and several other animal rescue groups. In her free time, Dr. Hansen continues to develop her musicianship by exploring new instruments and music styles, such as ukulele, vihuela, and Mariachi. Additionally, Dr. Hansen enjoys spending time with her wife, Alicia, and their two children, as they explore the parks, culture, and diverse community events throughout the greater Houston area.