Beatrice B. Olesko is an Assistant Professor of music education at Ithaca College, where she serves as the Coordinator of Junior Student Teaching (vocal) Supervision and Curricula and teaches courses related to elementary music methods. She holds degrees from Mount Union College (B.M.E.) and Kent State University (M.M.M.E.). As a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at Kent State University, Beatrice is researching democratic teaching practices in music teacher education programs. Her other research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, the relationship between children’s school and non-school music experiences, elementary music pedagogy, and constructivist teaching practices. She has presented research related to these topics at state and national conferences, including the Mountain Lake Colloquium and the OMEA Professional Development Conference.
Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Beatrice spent 10 years as the K-4 General Music Specialist for United Local Schools in Hanoverton, Ohio. She taught elementary music methods as an adjunct professor at Kent State University and has worked as the editorial assistant for Contributions to Music Education. As an active vocalist, Beatrice has served as the vocal director for musical productions at Poland Seminary High School in Poland, Ohio, and conducted a private vocal studio. Beatrice resides in Owego, New York with her husband and daughter.