A Denver native, Dr. Standerfer taught public school vocal and general music in grades K-12 for nine years in Colorado and Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder as well as Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
Current research areas include K-12 music curriculum development, National Board Certification for music teachers, and teaching music literacy. Dr. Standerfer has given presentations for the World Educational Research Association (WERA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the College Music Society (CMS), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as well as other division and state conferences. Presentation topics have included professional development for music educators, differentiating music curriculum, music teacher standards, standards-based music curriculum development, and university program assessment.
She has also published articles in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Standerfer has previously served as the Director of Music Education at Montana State University and as an Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Music Education at the Shenandoah University Conservatory and, while on a leave from SU, a Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education for UF.
Her courses include Elementary Music Methods, Introduction to Music Education, and Psychology of Music (online MMME program).