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Johanna Abril (Ph.D. '17)

Johanna Abril

Johanna Abril is an Ecuadorian pianist and music educator and holds a B.A. in Piano Performance and a M.M. in Music Research and Pedagogy from University of Cuenca. In 2013 she was awarded with the “Senescyt” Scholarship from the Ecuadorian government, which sponsors her Ph.D. studies in Music Education at the University of Miami, where she is in her third year of study. She is currently a Teaching Assistant at Shalala MusicReach, and teaches modern band and mentors student instructors at the Leadership Learning Center and Centro Mater school in Little Havana. Johanna recently presented her research at the 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, and is currently a co-evaluator of the music program at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. She was also recently invited to teach a course on Music Learning and Curriculum for a master’s program in Music Education at the University of Cuenca. Prior to her studies at the University of Miami, Johanna was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Cuenca and led the elective music history course at an exchange program offered through the University of Taylor at Indiana (U.S.) in Cuenca. Her research is mainly focused on sociocultural issues in music education and she was recently published in the Argentinian Journal Enseñar Música and the Ecuadorian Journal Tsansa.

Candice Davenport (Ph.D. '16)

Candice Davenport

Candice Davenport is the Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Florida International University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. She holds degrees from the University of South Alabama (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.), and earned her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami in 2016 for her dissertation, A Model of Classroom Environment and Social-Psychological Factors Influencing Computer-Based Compositional Creativity. Her research interests include musical creativity, technology integration, blended and online teaching and learning, social issues, and project-based learning in music education. Candice has presented her work at regional, national, and international conferences including the International Society for Music Education World Conference, the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, and the International Association for K-12 Blended and Online Learning Symposium. During her doctoral studies at UM, she interned with the Music Technology Leadership Academy, sponsored by TI:ME and NAMM, and earned certification from the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Candice was Chair of Fine Arts and taught secondary general music, electronic music and studio production, and contemporary instrumental and vocal ensembles in Chicago Public Schools and outreach programs throughout the area. She was also the co-recipient of the 2012 Next Generation Learning Challenges Grant, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her earlier teaching positions include high school band and WGI indoor percussion ensembles throughout the Gulf Coast.