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Daniel Abrahams

Assistant Professor

Music Education

Contact Information

Cogswell 213



Instrumental Methods

Technology in the Music Classroom

Student Teacher Observation


PhD, Oakland University

MM, University of Nebraska at Omaha

BM, Temple


Daniel Abrahams is an assistant professor of Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A native of Philadelphia, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Temple University, a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

As a music educator, Dr. Abrahams is the inaugural recipient of the Jupiter Band Instruments Award for Excellence in Teaching Concert Band presented by NAFME: The National Association for Music Education and the 2010 Nebraska VFW Citizenship Educator of the Year. He has presented seminars at the national meetings of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); presented a seminar in Critical Pedagogy for Music Education at the Conservatorio Brasiliero de Musica in Rio de Janeiro; presented a seminar on Reciprocal Teaching at the second European Conference on Developmental Psychology of Music, London, England; and presented seminars on Reciprocal Teaching and Informal Learning at the 29th International Society for Music Education World Conference, Beijing, China. 

Dr. Abrahams frequently writes about the use of reciprocal teaching, sociotranformative apprenticeship, and learner agency in the music classroom. His article on the impact of reciprocal teaching on the development of musical understanding in high school student members of performing ensembles is published in Visions of Research on Music Education and reprinted in Keith Swanwick’s Music Education: Major Themes (Vol. 3), published by Routledge. His most recent research examined how conducting pedagogy fosters personal and musical agency among beginning instrumental conductors. Before coming to IUP, he taught middle and high school instrumental music in the Omaha Public Schools. 

Abrahams is a contributing author in Perspectives on Music in Urban Schools published by NAfME: The National Association for Music Education; and The Child Musician, second edition, and the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, both published by Oxford University Press.

At IUP, Dr. Abrahams teaches methods courses for music majors and technology in the music classroom, and supervises student teaching. 

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