Dr. Emily Mason

Office: MB-218 l 559-278-8863 l emason@csufresno.edu

Director of Men's and Women's Choirs - California State University, Fresno

Dr. Emily Mason

Dr. Emily Mason is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and conducts the Fresno State University Singers. She holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D., Music Education), the Ohio State University (M.M., Vocal Performance) and Capital University (B.M., Music Education). An elementary general music specialist, Dr. Mason also has certification and training in several teaching pedagogies including the Kodály Method, Orff-Schulwerk Approach, and Dalcroze-Eurhythmics.   An active clinician and researcher, Dr. Mason has presented workshops and research at State and National conferences, and has been published in Update:  Applications of Research in Music Education, the Music Educators Journal,General Music Today, and the Choral Journal.  Her research interests include preservice teachers, music in early childhood, and community engagement.

 

Dr. Mason is a strong advocate for music in early childhood and early teaching experiences at the undergraduate level.  In the spring 2016 she began a collaboration with the Huggins Center at Fresno State, and provided music instruction for the pre-school classrooms.  In the fall 2016, Dr. Mason was able to continue this collaboration by organizing a teaching practicum for undergraduates enrolled in her elementary music education methods course.  Students participate in creating and teaching lessons to children in the four pre-school classrooms of the Huggins Center. This practicum was the first of its kind at Fresno State and allowed students (collegiate and pre-school) to benefit in multiple ways.  It has been well received by administrators, community members, parents, and students.

 

In addition to her research and presentations, Dr. Mason has been a voice teacher in the private studio and at the collegiate level.  She has also had successful children’s choirs in several states, including Illinois, Florida, and New York. She has been a guest conductor and clinician for numerous music festivals in New York and Florida, and adjudicated festivals in Illinois and California.  Dr. Mason is also an advocate for life-long participation in music having conducted an Intergenerational Choir, and by singing in the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale.

 

In the summer of 2018, Dr. Mason implemented a summer workshop for area music teachers titled Orff & Kodály 101: An Introductory Workshop.  In this workshop, teachers were able to learn the basic tenets of both teaching pedagogies and to experience playing on a variety of Sonor Orff Instruments supplied by KHS America.  The enthusiastic reception of this workshop has resulted in its continuation in Summer 2019.