University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley, Associate Professor
Music Education, song-writing

  • D.M.A. (Music Education), Shenandoah Conservatory
  • M.A. (Conducting), The College of New Jersey
  • B.S. (Music Education), West Chester University
Contact information
Email: Patricia Riley
Phone: 656-7770
Fall 2015 office hours: MW 2:30-3:30 and by appointment

Patricia Riley is a versatile educator, with teaching experience in instrumental, vocal, and general music at the college, high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Prior to coming to UVM, she served for four years on the music education faculty at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. Her public school experience includes twelve years in the Poultney (VT) School District, and eight years in school districts in New Jersey.

In addition to her long affiliation with the nationally acclaimed Vermont MIDI Project (an online music composition mentoring collaborative), Dr. Riley has spent time in India, Mexico, and China, where she has conducted research on music education, and supervised students in Faculty Led Programs Abroad. She has presented papers at numerous international, national, regional, and state conferences, including the 2012 MayDay Group Colloquium, the 2012 National Association for Music Eduction (NAfME) Biennial National Conference, the 2011 College Music Society National Conference, the 2011 Symposium on Music Teacher Education, the Technology Institute for Music Education 2011 National Conference, and the 2011 International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. She has published in Music Education Research, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, The College Music Society Symposium, The Vermont Music Educator, Teaching Music and has numerous published book chapters. Dr. Riley’s research interests include student music composition, cultural studies, technology, and assessment.

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Paul Besaw, Dance
Clare Byrne, Dance
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Paula Higa, Dance
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone