Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Michele Kaschub Ph.D.

Professor of Music, Director of Music Teacher Education, Director of the USM Center for Collaboration & Development

Office Location

Music: 114C Corthell Hall, Gorham; CCD: 325 Glickman

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

School of Music: Monday/Wednesday 12pm-1pm, or by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Music Education, Northwestern University
  • MM Choral Conducting & Literature, University of Maine
  • BS Music Education, University of Southern Maine


Michele Kaschub is Professor of Music and Director of Music Teacher Education in the School of Music, as well as Director of the Center for Collaboration and Development, creating professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at the University of Southern Maine. Her scholarly interests include children’s composition, composition pedagogy, choral music education, curriculum design and assessment, and the professional development of teachers at all levels. She is co-author of Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Experiencing Music Composition in Grades 3-5 (Oxford University Press, 2016), co-editor of Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition (OUP, 2013), Promising Practices in 21st Century Music Teacher Education (OUP, 2014), Experiencing Music Composition in Grades K-2 (forthcoming) and Experiencing Music Composition in Grades 6-8 (Rowman  & Littlefield forthcoming). Promising Practices is currently being translated by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press for publication and distribution in mainland China.  Michele has contributed chapters to several books and numerous articles to professional journals. She is the Immediate Past Chair & Academic Editor of Music Educators Journal (a journal of the National Association for Music Education) and currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Music Composition Pedagogy – the first such handbook to specifically focus on music composition. An active clinician and guest lecturer, she has presented papers and workshops at colleges and conferences in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as internationally in Canada, England, Ireland, and Germany.

Research Interests

Music education, music composition pedagogy, music teacher education, assessment in the arts/of arts-based learning, professional development of educators, music-teacher identity

Areas of Scholarship

Composition in music education; Music teacher education; K-12 music composition pedagogy; professional development of music educators