Elisabeth Etopio

Interim Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, Interim Director of the Teacher Education Institute, and Program Director of Music Education
Clinical Assistant Professor

Learning and Instruction

Teacher Education Institute

 501 Baldy Hall
 716-645-4034
 etopio@buffalo.edu


Early childhood music learning
Learning in and through the arts

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Dr. Elisabeth Etopio, a former public school music teacher, holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from the University at Buffalo and was recognized by the University Graduate School with an excellence in teaching award. Dr. Etopio is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on young children’s music and creative movement responses. Her research interests include the professional development of early childhood teachers, the music learning of young children, and the relationship between children’s music learning and social, emotional, and cognitive development. She has 10 years of experience teaching MusicPlay classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and holds certification in Early Childhood Music Levels 1 & 2 from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.

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Gaines, E. & Etopio, E. (2012). Guided music experiences for a student with autism: A case study. School Music News, 76(3), 23 – 25.

Runfola, M., Etopio, E., Rozendal, M., & Hamlen, K. (2012). An experimental study to determine the effect of systematic developmentally appropriate music instruction on music skill development and emergent literacy development. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 192, 7-27.

Runfola M., & Etopio, E. (2011). Initial development of a measure to capture young children’s emergent audiation. GIML Audea, 15(2), 5-9.

Runfola, M. & Etopio, E. (2010). The nature of performance-based criterion measures in early childhood music education research, and related issues. In T. Brophy (Ed.), The Practice of Assessment in Music Education: Frameworks, Models, and Designs. Proceedings of the 2009 Florida Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc.

Etopio, E. (2009). Characteristics of early music environments associated with preschool children's music skills. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Etopio, E. & Cissiko, K. (2005). The hard work of music play: Establishing appropriate music environments for young children. In Runfola, M. and Taggart, C. (Eds.) The Practical Application and Development of Music Learning Theory. Chicago: G.I.A. Publications, Inc.