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Maria Runfola

Professor of Learning and Instruction
University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Music education, technology and music learning, multimodality, children’s singing voices

Maria Runfola can speak to media about a wide range of topics related to music learning, including its impact on Kindergarten readiness.

A classroom music specialist, she has been a music educator and UB professor and administrator for over 50 years. Early in her career, as a doctoral student, Runfola assisted Edwin E. Gordon with critical research as he pioneered knowledge of how young children develop an understanding of music — research that led to taxonomies of tonal and rhythm patterns and eventually to the Content Sequences of Music Learning Theory.

Runfola’s work includes consultation on the design of music toys, some with patented features; research on the use of assistive devices to support listening enjoyment for people with hearing disabilities at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts; research on the developmental characteristics of music learners; and research on the impact of music and creative movement learning on school readiness.

CONTACT:

Maria Runfola, PhD
Professor of Learning and Instruction
University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education

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