School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Jackie Wiggins

Headshot of Jackie Wiggins

Distinguished Professor of Music Emerita


Links: Read Dr. Wiggins' curriculum vitae
Order Dr. Wiggins' book Teaching for Musical Understanding (3rd ed.) online


Jackie Wiggins is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University. She served as professor of music education at Oakland from 1994-2018, as head of the music program from 1998-2004, as chair of Music, Theatre and Dance from 2004-2017, and as Founding Director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance from 2017-2018.

Internationally known for her work in constructivist music education and children’s musical creative process, Wiggins’s professional work includes more than 60 publications, more than 200 presentations, and invited keynotes on four continents, including the National Conference of the Australian Society of Music Education (2009), the International Conference for Research in Music Education in Exeter, UK (RIME, 2011), the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research in Taipei (2011), and the Conference on Music for and by Children: Musichildren ’17 (Portugal, 2017).

Professor Wiggins’s book, Teaching for Musical Understanding (3rd edition, 2015, Oxford University Press), is used by music educators around the world. A Chinese translation of the book was published in China in 2020.