Laura K Sindberg PhD
Associate Professor: Instrumental Music Education
Laura Sindberg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as Project Director of Band Project, a teaching apprenticeship launched in 2011-2012, in which preservice educators provide instruction to beginning band students at Ramsey [now Folwell] School in Minneapolis. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sindberg was a member of the faculty of the Lawrence Conservatory, where, in addition to teaching, she conducted the Wind Ensemble of the Lawrence Academy of Music. Dr. Sindberg served on the faculty as Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at DePaul University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and oversaw the music education program. Sindberg's work in higher education follows a successful career in the public schools, where she taught music in Wisconsin for 17 years“”in Milwaukee (her beloved hometown) and in Waukesha, where she initiated the Central Bands Commissioning Project. Dr. Sindberg has served on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Project since 1990 and is Past Chair of the Project. She has presented numerous sessions on topics related to comprehensive musicianship regionally and nationally, and recently published a book on the topic“”Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in Theory and Practice. Her articles have been published in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and the Wisconsin School Musician. Dr. Sindberg frequently adjudicates and conducts ensembles in Wisconsin and around the Midwest. Her research goals include bridging research and practice in music teaching and learning through collaboration and engagement. Research interests include teacher education and cognition; community engagement and collaboration; instrumental music; and comprehensive musicianship. She received a B.F.A. and a M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.