Dr. Eileen McGonigal



Eileen McGonigal is joining the faculty at Wayne State University as Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education. She will be teaching coursework in Instrumental Music, including Instrumental Music in the Schools and Instrumental Techniques and Pedagogy. In addition, she will placing and supervising student teachers in the instrumental music education program.

A versatile and passionate performer, conductor, and educator, she is also an advocate for music education, with presentations at the Arizona Education Association State Conference, the Florida Music Educators State Conference, the National Association for Music Education Research Conference, the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium, and the International Society for Music Education Pre-Conference Research Commission Seminar and World Conference. She has been published in Research Perspectives in Music Education, The Florida Music Director, and The Iowa Bandmaster Magazine. Her research interests include musicians’ physical and mental health, music teacher preparation, and music teacher assessment.

Throughout her eighteen years of teaching in both public and private schools, Dr. McGonigal has taught band, orchestra, guitar, and music education at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She most recently held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Prior to that appointment, she worked as a Graduate Teaching assistant at Florida State University, where she served as assistant conductor for the FSU Wind Orchestra, the University Symphonic Band, the University Concert Band, the FSU Chamber Winds, the Seminole Sound Pep Band, the FSU Marching Chiefs, and the Tallahassee Winds.
Dr. McGonigal earned her PhD in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University. She holds her Master’s degree in Music Education from Arizona State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. Her conducting teachers include Patrick Dunnigan, Gary Hill, and Richard Clary. She has studied clarinet with Frank Kowalsky and Robert Spring.

Dr. McGonigal’s professional affiliations include the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the College Music Society (CMS), the Golden Key National Honor Society, and the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.