Susan A. Davis
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Music Education
Susan A. Davis, assistant professor of music and coordinator of music education, is a violinist, vocalist and music educator. She has taught undergraduate and graduate music education courses at New York University as well as at Brooklyn College. As an orchestra director in the Smithtown public schools, she taught elementary and secondary strings for 15 years. Davis has had articles accepted for publication in the American String Teachers Journal and the International Journal of Music Education. She has presented at several national conferences, including the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Conference, the Biennial Symposium for Research in Music Teaching and Learning, and the Arts Education — To What End? Conference at New York University. In summer 2012 she presented her dissertation research at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Greece.
Davis's dissertation, "Acts of Hospitality: A Case Study of the University of South Carolina String Project," explores the experience of pre-service teachers and community members in a community-university partnership. Her other research interests include music education philosophy and teacher education. As a violinist, Davis has made numerous appearances throughout New York and the surrounding area. She has performed as a soloist and in ensembles at the Nat Horne Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Staller Center, Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, New Jersey Opera Institute and Stephen Talkhouse, and aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. In a duo with guitarist Eric B. Davis, they released a CD, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies, which received a National Parenting Publications Award and an iParenting Award of Excellence.