Dr. Jeannette Fresne

Dr. Jeannette FresneProfessor of Music

Graduate Coordinator in Music
Arts in Education Director
Elementary/General Music and Arts Integration Specialist


Dr. Jeannette Fresne, Graduate Coordinator of Music in the College of Arts & Sciences and Grant Co-PI, specializes in American folk music (seven-shape, shape-note music), children’s folk song literature, early childhood music, elementary/general music pedagogy, and performing arts integration. She conducts research, publishes and presents content related to American music history, aspects of American-developed music education, and integrating the performing arts throughout the learning process from early childhood through middle school.

She earned degrees in music education from Arizona State University (D.M.A.), Texas State University (M.M.), and The University of Texas at Austin (B.M.). While completing graduate coursework at Arizona State University and Texas State University, she taught courses in music education, piano, and music theory and served as Editorial Assistant of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additionally, she completed three levels of Kodály, one level of Orff, and Music Together: Early Childhood Music. Dr. Fresne taught at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the University of South Alabama faculty in 2002.

Since 2004, Dr. Fresne has been awarded in excess of $2 million for the implementation of arts integration programs: (1) working with early childhood teachers in integrating music through ¡Literacy, Numeracy, Si! and Música y Más in partnership with Dr. Rebecca Giles, College of Education and Professional Studies, and (2) Arts in Education, targeting elementary and middle school teachers in Alabama. A former public school teacher at the elementary and high school levels, Dr. Fresne has taught music, theatre, music/art integration, music/P.E. integration, early childhood music, general music in the high school, and served as a high school choir director. During this time, she taught applied piano at Seminario Biblico Bautista, as well as private lessons in her own studio.

Recently presenting and lecturing in China, she has presented at numerous workshops and clinics throughout the United States, including, but not limited to, the 24th International Conference: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; Southern Regional Institute; Mountain Lake Colloquium; Alabama Arts Education Summit; Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting; Alabama, Arizona, and Hawai’i Music Educators Associations; National Symposium for Music Instructional Technology; National Association of Professional and Graduate Students; Kodály Summer Program; Mobile Music Teacher Inservice; South Alabama Research and Inservice Center; Hawai’i-Pacific Research Symposium; and the Southern Division MENC. Upcoming presentations in China include Shaoxing University and elementary schools.

Dr. Fresne’s research includes the areas of gospel music hymns and publishing companies, singing schools, arts integration for early childhood through high school, and music integration at all levels. Grove Dictionary of American Music, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Advocate, Integrative Strategies for the K-12 Social Studies Classroom, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, Education Update, Saxophone Journal, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference, Contributions to Music Education, and various gospel music publishers have published her work.