University of South Dakota (BFA, MM 1953); University of Illinois (EdD 1961, honorary doctorate 1994)
Professor Colwell taught music in Sioux Falls, South Dakota schools (1953–7) and at the University of Montana, Billings (1957–61), and was chair of music education at the University of Illinois (1961–89). He also taught at the University of Northern Colorado (1989–90), and was chair of music education at Boston University (1990–93) and New England Conservatory (1993–2005). Colwell received the Horace Porter Scholarship Award, a Fulbright scholarship, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is in the Music Educators Hall of Fame and received special citations from the International Society for Music Education, the Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Illinois Music Educators Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. He founded the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. (Adapted from Oxford Music Online).