Ann C. Clements, Ph.D.
Ann C. Clements, Ph.D.

About Me

Ann C. Clements, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music Education

The Pennsylvania State University


A native of central California, I received a Ph.D. and MA in Music Education at the University of Washington and a BM at the University of Puget Sound. I spent 6 years teaching music to grades 5-9 in the Federal Way School District. Upon completion of my doctorate, I taught at Susquehana University for one year while serving as head Womens Volleyball Coach for the NCAA III program, fufilling a life long dream of serving as a head coach in the NCAA.  I began teaching at Penn State in fall of 2003.  My primary teaching area is secondary general music, although I have also taught coursework in choral and elementray general music.


At the undergraduate level, I focus primarily on pre-service teacher training. At the graduate level, I specialize in qualitative methods, music participation, sociology in music teaching, music education philosophy, music teacher spirituality, world music cultures, and popular music and culture.  My research expertise is ethnography, with years spent in the field working with Maori of New Zealand and Kapa Haka.


I've also done several studies of local community musicians focusing on music participation.  A recent area of interest for me is musical video games and gamification of the music classroom. I have completed four studies on musical games, one of which was through the Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellows program.  This study investigated musical play and how technology, video games in particular, is effecting the way children play musically. 


Currently, I am a director of the Penn State iEnsemble, a course/ensemble dedicated to arranging, improvisation and compositon on mobile divises and tablets. I teach this course with Paul Barsom , music composition, and Tom Cody, music theory.  For more information visit the research tab or our YouTube Channel - PSUiEnsemble.


Information about my publications and service can be found on my CV in the tabs above.


Have a look around my website to see my work and get to know me. If you want to drop me a line you can always write in the guestbook.


I live a complex lifestyle, carefully balancing my work in academics and my home life with family. In this section of my blog you can get to know more about me professionally and personally.  I believe that most good teachers blend who they are both inside and outside the classroom.


Professionally, I am a researcher, a teacher, a scholar, and a colleague. 


Personally, I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. 


Please feel free to browse through this content to get to know me better.




National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)

College Music Society (CMS)

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

American Choral Directors Association of Pennslyvania (ACDA-PA)

Pennslyvania Muisc Educations Association (PMEA)

International Scoiety for Music Education (ISME)

Foxdale and Friend School Winter Concert


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