Katherine Willow

Job Title

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
    Music and Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences


Elementary Music Education

Started at Bethel



  • The Boston Conservatory - B.M., 2005
  • The Boston Conservatory - M.M.Ed., 2006
  • Boston University - D.M.A., 2016


Katherine Willow teaches elementary music methods at Bethel University. Her research interests include the role of music
education in identity development and in social justice initiatives, and she has presented on these topics at regional,
national, and international conferences. She maintains an active harp performance career and is co-founder of Gentle
Muses, the therapeutic music program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Courses Taught

Methods in Teaching Elementary Music


• National Association for Music Education: Presenter, “Interdisciplinary Activities to Scaffold
Ensemble Readiness,” 2019
• International Boys’ Schools Coalition: Presenter, “Boys Discovering Their World Through Current
Events,” 2017
• Ohio Music Educators Association: Presenter, “Secondary General Music: A Four-Dimensional
Curriculum Model,” 2017
• New York State School Music Association: Research Gallery Participant, “Identity Development
Among Adolescent Males Enrolled in a Middle School General Music Program,” 2016
• International Boys’ Schools Coalition: Presenter, “Badges of Identity: Using Multimodal Learning to
Develop Emotional Intelligence,” 2015
• International Boys’ Schools Coalition: Presenter, “Arts Education as a Vehicle for Character
Education and Social Change,” 2014
• Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association: Presenter, “Teaching the Music of America Using
an Interdisciplinary Framework,” 2009
• Massachusetts Music Educators Association: Presenter, “Advice for First-Year Music Teachers,”
• American Harp Society: Adjudicator, “Music Education Evaluations,” 2006

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

• American Harp Society: 2017-Present
• The MayDay Group (Action for Change in Music Education): 2010-Present
• American Mensa: 2009-Present
• National Association for Music Education: 2003-Present