Music Practitioner
Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
University of South Carolina School of Music
Columbia, SC 29208
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
I am Professor of Music Education, Director of Student Teaching, and Director of the Children's Music Development Center at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC where I teach graduate and undergraduate music methods courses, conduct early childhood music development research, and facilitate music development and learning for all ages through improvisation. I am co-author of Music Play 2 (GIA, 2020) and Music Play (GIA, 1998) and recently contributed to Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Elementary General Music (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and co-edited Early Childhood Arts Education in the United States: A Special Issue of Arts Education Policy Review (2017). I am also co-author of “Construct Validity of the Parent-completed Children's Music-Related Behavior Questionnaire,” Journal of Research in Music Education (2012) and Children’s Music Behavior Inventory (Valerio, W. & Reynolds, A., 2015). Currently I am completing the Music for People Leadership Program, Level 3.
Collaboration Interests: 
I am interested in continuing to examine parents’ documentation of their children’s music behaviors via the Children’s Music Behavior Inventory (Valerio & Reynolds, 2015). I am also interested in examining the health benefits of music improvisation in non-judgmental, inclusive music circles among all ages.
Creativity, Improvisation, early childhood, health, well-being, questionnaire, inventory