Dr. Laura Stambaugh
Head, Music Education Area
About Dr. Stambaugh
Laura Stambaugh teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, music cognition, and research methods. She also supervises student teachers, Field Experience placements, and an afterschool guitar and drum program sponsored through a partnership with the Gretsch Corporation. Before joining the faculty of Georgia Southern University, she taught at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Prior to her college teaching, she taught elementary and middle-school band for 11 years in New Hampshire. Her curriculum included chamber music ensembles and emphasized the Comprehensive Musicianship approach. She has been active as an oboist and conductor with community ensembles in Georgia, New Hampshire, and Washington.
Dr. Stambaugh’s primary research area examines the development of automaticity in playing instruments, largely through motor learning perspectives. She seeks to answer the big questions of: what are the cognitive mechanisms underlying how people learn to play wind instruments, and how can teachers use that knowledge to improve instruction? Her secondary research areas include MIDI wind controllers, developing error detection skills, special learners and music, and adult music learners. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences, including state music education conferences in Georgia, South Carolina, and Washington; NAfME: National Association for Music Education; the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (Sapporo, Japan; Seattle; San Francisco); and the International Symposium on Performance Science (Vienna, Toronto, Auckland).
Dr. Stambaugh’s research appears in Journal of Research in Music Education; Psychology of Music; Journal of Music Teacher Education; Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Her teaching articles are found in Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from University of Washington, a M.M. in music education from Northwestern University, and a B.M. in music education from Ithaca College.
Last updated: 6/27/2022