Eve Harwood is Associate Professor Emerita in Music Education at the University of Illinois where she taught general music methods, philosophical foundations, and approaches to folksong in the curriculum, over the course of 20 years from 1989-2009. From 2010-2012 she served as Interim Editor for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. From 2000-2006 she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, where she initiated a faculty program, The Fine Art of Teaching, designed to develop a community of artist-teachers in higher education across all seven units of the College.
She spent her formative years in Canada where she received a bachelor’s degree in English at McMaster University and Associate Diplomas in piano performance and voice pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. After six years as a classroom teacher in Ontario she completed graduate study at the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Illinois.
Her research interests stem from questions central to her teaching career, namely how children learn to become music makers, and how young adults learn to become music teachers. Her published research includes studies of informal music learning, music teacher education, arts curricula in higher education, and children’s playground music. Her most recent publication is a narrative inquiry study based on a personal memoir of her life as a classroom music teacher in 1970’s Ontario.