About Dr. Lois Guderian
Dr. Lois Veenhoven Guderian: PhD Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Master in Music Education, Western Michigan University; Bachelor of Music degrees from Hope College in Piano Performance and Vocal Music Education, Major in Voice.
Music Education Coordinator and Professor of Music Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where Lois coordinated the music education degree programs and was a professor of music and music education.
Lois enjoys a multifaceted career as a professor of music and music education, composer, author, conductor, performer, researcher, clinician, national adjudicator, educator of educators, and program designer for schools and communities. She has worked tirelessly throughout her career to develop innovative, effective ways to engage all children, youth and adults – in any given setting – in enjoyable music education and musical experience.
A veteran presenter at state, national and international conferences, Lois’ efforts in research, publication, and education have resulted in new models of arts education, teacher preparation, and international programs.
Awards and recognition for her work in music education include the Music Educators Fellowship (2000); Music Educators PhD Fellowship (2001-2004); and Emily Boettcher and J. Yule Bogue Scholarship for excellence in musical and academic work (2003) from Northwestern University, a University of Wisconsin-Superior Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Research Fellowship (2012-2013) and the Academic Service-Learning Award in 2012 for her commitment to community schools. Lois has served several arts organizations in various roles: WMEA Research Chair; ISMTA Voice and Outreach Chairs; Vice President for the Chicago Composers Forum; author, consultant, and online mentor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); and as an adjudicator for the NAfME National Student Music Composition Competition (2006-2018). Having taught private piano, voice and composition throughout her life, Lois is also an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Playing the organ in church since age 13, throughout her life, Lois has served church and community as an organist/pianist, choral director, singer, educator, and composer, and has composed songs and music for interfaith events and purposes.
Composing and performing her compositions in public since age 7, Lois continues to compose and perform new works for professional engagements. An internationally published author and composer, Lois has composed hundreds of songs and instrumental pieces for children, youth, and adults, and has more than 45 songs published in 29 countries.
Her works include numerous sacred and secular choral works in all voicings; instrumental works; piano pieces; musicals; numerous authored articles, chapter contributions, and several textbooks for music education. Publishers of Lois’ texts, scholarly writings, and music compositions include The National Association for Music Education; Rowman and Littlefield Education; Sage Publications, Oxford University Press; Corwin Press; NAC National, NAC International, and LoVeeG Publishing, LLC.