Elizabeth Peterson currently serves as associate professor of music, and member of the music education department at the Ithaca College School of Music. Peterson teaches brass and woodwind pedagogy, instrumental conducting, secondary instrumental methods, and graduate level music education courses. She supervises student teachers at the junior and senior level and is the placement coordinator for the Junior Instrumental Student Teaching program. Peterson has conducted the Ithaca College Brass Choir and All-Campus Band, and currently conducts the Ithaca College Symphonic Band. Her research interests include the study of first year music teachers and the pursuit of music and life long learning.
Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada. She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. “The Music Teachers First Year: Tales of Challenge Joy and Triumph”, Peterson’s first book is published by Meredith Music and will be available in September of 2011.
Professor Peterson received Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and English from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory. Peterson played trumpet in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter and studied trumpet with Armando Ghittala and Vincent Cichowicz.
Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois for ten years. She is a “New Music” reviewer for the Instrumentalist Magazine and been published in that magazine, as well as the Music Educator’s Journal. She currently serves as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band, Ithaca's adult community band. Dr. Peterson holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, The National Association for Music Education (MENC), New York State School Music Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda (an honorary music fraternity). Peterson is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.