Maria Runfola

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Music Education

Dean's Office

Learning and Instruction

 502 Baldy Hall
 716-645-4033
  716-645-3161
 runfola@buffalo.edu


Child Singing Voice
Early Audiation Achievement
Impact of Music Learning on Kindergarten Readiness
Curriculum and Assessment
Music Learning Theory and Related Topics
Philosophical, Historical, Sociological Foundations of Music Education
Developmental Characteristics of Music Learning

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Educational Background

Ph.D.
  • University at Buffalo, Music Education, 1976
Ed.M.
  • University at Buffalo, Music Education, 1971
B.F.A.
  • University of Buffalo, Music Education, 1962
  • Nazareth College of Rochester, Music Performance (piano), 1958-1960
Additional Study:
  • Eastman School of Music, Music History and Theory, 1974-1976
  • Nazareth College of Rochester, Music Performance (piano), 1958-1960

Professional and Research Interests

  • Developmental Music Aptitude
  • Standards Based Assessment in the Arts
  • Early Childhood Arts Education

Awards

PKL (Pi Kappa Lambda) Music Honor Fraternity

Education Citation Award, National Columbus Day Committee

Outstanding Service Award, Villa Maria College

Dean’s Apple Award for Outstanding Service to GSE

Outstanding Service to Music Education Award – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Erie County Music Administrators

Related Links



In Progress

Etopio, E. & Runfola, M. The magic of music: Music activities for pre-K (in preparation). Book to be submitted to G.I.A. Publications following further revision pending a successful grant.

Runfola, M., & Etopio, E. The nature of pre-K students’ singing voices: Characteristics and assessment. (in preparation). Intended for the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Etopio, E., Hamlen, K., & Runfola, M.re-K teachers’ perceptions of their musicianship and their ability to implement an educationally appropriate music curriculum. Intended for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

Etopio, E., & Runfola, M. Pre-K teachers’ use of music and movement in early childhood settings. (in preparation). Intended for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

2012

Runfola, M., Etopio, E., Hamlen, K., & Rozendal, M. (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.

2011

Runfola M., & Etopio, E. (2011). Initial development of a measure to capture young children’s emergent audiation. Audea, 15(2), 3-10.

2010

Runfola, M. & Rutkowski, J. (Eds.). (2010). TIPS: The child’s singing voice. 2nd edition. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.

2009

Runfola, M., & Etopio, E. (2009). The nature of performance-based criterion measures in early childhood music education research and related issues. In T. Brophy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2009 international symposium in assessment in music education. Chicago, IL: GIA Publication Inc.

2005

Runfola, M. & Taggart C. C. (2005) Development and Practical Applications of Music Learning Theory. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc.

2002

Runfola, M. (2002). Music learning theory. In K. Burns (Ed.), Women and music in America
since 1900: An encyclopedia (pp.447-451). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Runfola, M., & Swanwick, K. (2002). Developmental characteristics of music
learners. In R. Colwell, & C. Richardson (Eds.), The new handbook of research
on music teaching and learning. New York: Oxford University Press.

Runfola, M. (2002, April). Developing standards-based assessments in music
and other arts for New York State students: The ASSETS project. MENC measurement
and evaluation SRIG newsletter. (by invitation)

2001

Runfola, M. & McDermott, N. (2001) Commencement general education level
Teacher's Manual: Music. Available from the New York State Education Department,
The University of the State of New York, Albany.

2000

Runfola, M. (2000) Commencement general education level scoring guide: Music.
Available from the New York State Education Department, The University of the
State of New York, Albany.

Presentations

2010

Runfola, M. (2012, December). Does Research Inform Practice in Music Education? Moderator, panel discussion at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY.

Runfola, M. (2011, December). Student Achievement = APPR or Is it? Invited presentation at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY.

Runfola, M. & Etopio, E. (2010, December). Preschool Music Experiences: A Positive Influence on Emergent Literacy. Research Poster presentation at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY.

Co-presenter with Elisabeth Etopio. All work and no play in early childhood classrooms: Let kids be kids and both music and emergent literacy will be enhanced. Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Anaheim, CA. March 25-27, 2010.

2009

Co-Presenter with Elisabeth Etopio. Capturing Children’s Emergent Audiation Skill: The Development of a Performance Based Criterion Measures for Early Childhood Music Education Research. Second Gordon Institute for Music Learning International Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. August 12-13, 2009.

Co-Presenter with Elisabeth Etopio. The Nature of Performance-Based Criterion Measures in Early Childhood Music Education Research, and Related Issues. Second International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. Gainesville, FL. April 15-17, 2009.

Co-Presenter with Elisabeth Etopio. The Role of Performance Based Criterion Measures in Early Childhood Music Education Research. Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group of MENC: The National Association of Music Educators. Newark, DE. January 15-17, 2009.

Runfola, M. & Etopio, E. (2009, December). Developing Teacher-Researcher Partnerships to Investigate Best Music Practice. Presentation at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY.

2007

Co-Presenter with Patricia Chiodo. Audiation at the Philharmonic: Rethinking Audience Behavior at Professional Orchestra Youth Concerts. First Gordon Institute for Music Learning International Conference; Dayton, OH, 2007.

2006

Runfola, M. (2006, December). Final report on a 50 year evaluation of the New York State School Music Association. Paper presented to the New York State School Music Association, Rochester. Association of Childhood Educators International (ACEI) April 12, 2006, San Antonio TX. Musicianship of Pre-K Specialists: Moving beyond Do-Re-Mi, with Elisabeth Etopio and Karla Hamlen. San Antonio,

Runfola, M., Etopio, E., & Hamlen, K. (2006, April). Musicianship of pre-K specialists: Moving beyond Do-Re-Mi. Research presentation at the Association of Childhood Educators International San Antonio TX.

Runfola, M. (2006, December). Final report on a 50 year evaluation of the New York State School Music Association. Paper presented to the New York State School Music Association, Rochester. Association of Childhood Educators International (ACEI) April 12, 2006, San Antonio TX. Musicianship of Pre-K Specialists: Moving beyond Do-Re-Mi, with Elisabeth Etopio and Karla Hamlen. San Antonio,

2005

Graduate School of Education's Continuing Professional Education Breakfast Lecture Series (K-12), December 8, 2005, Buffalo, NY.Developmentally Appropriate Music For Pre K & K: More Than Just A, B, C, with Elisabeth Etopio and Karla Hamlen. GSE

2002

Runfola, M. & (LAI early childhood doctoral student) Etopio, E. (2002,
April). Music-The universal language: Songs without words. Presentation at the
meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International, San Diego,
CA.

2001

Runfola, M., Marschilok, E., & McDermott, N. (2001, March). Developing
standards-based arts assessments: The New York State model. Presentation at
the meeting of the Music Educators National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Childress, J., Colletti, K., Hyndman, R., Koyanagi, K., Marschilok, E. Nelli,
G., Runfola, M., (2001, June). Assessing the arts authentically. Presentation
at the meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Houston, TX.

Runfola, M. (2001, April) Writing document based questions for arts assessment.
A presentation sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts, Rochester
NY.

Runfola, M. (2001, April) Are my rubrics fair: Investigating the reliability
and validity of teacher written rubrics. A regional staff development workshop
sponsored by Erie One BOCES, Buffalo, NY.

Runfola, M. & Siskar, J. (2001, April) The New York State arts assessment
sampler. A regional staff development workshop sponsored by Erie One BOCES,
Buffalo, NY.

2000

Runfola, M. & McDermott, N. (2000, August) How to prepare your students
for the State arts assessments. New York State School Music Association Summer
Conference, Albany, NY.

Runfola, M. & McDermott, N. (2000, December) The performance portfolio
in music: Required tasks with options. New York State School Music Association
Winter Conference, Rochester NY.

Runfola, M. & Siskar, J. (2000, December) Standards and assessments in
the Arts: New York State initiatives. Sponsored by the Center for Continuing
Professional Education, SUNY Buffalo.


Grants

2002-2005

Improving the Musicianship of Early Childhood Specialist Teachers and Examining the Impact of Their Musicianship on Students' Music Achievement and Emergent Literacy. National Endowment for the Arts; Principal Investigator.