Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Flute at Slippery Rock University. She is committed to inclusive and holistic learning practices, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the College Music Society Robby D. Gunstream Education in Music Award.
With the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience music, she has implemented outreach initiatives locally and abroad, giving children the opportunity to explore their creativity through music. She founded and currently directs the SRU Early Childhood and Elementary Music Community Engagement Initiative, which has ongoing collaborations with the Butler County Children's Center, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concerts for Children. She is also a Music Education Specialist for Nuvo Instrumental, helping to design and develop the WindStars Curriculum, which received the “Best in Show” award at the 2019 NAMM Show.
As a private teacher, Dr. Eisenreich’s flute students have won national competitions through the Marcel Moyse Society and the National Flute Association. They have been admitted into prestigious music programs and ensemble festivals around the world, including the Aria International Summer Academy and The Consummate Flutist. She serves as the chair of the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee, a group working toward an updated publication of graded repertoire and studies to assist flute teachers of all levels.
Drawing upon Dalcroze Eurhythmics to create connections within all areas of music, Dr. Eisenreich serves on the board of the Dalcroze Society of America and has given Eurhythmics workshops for elementary, secondary, and collegiate students, and professional groups ranging from chamber music ensembles to general classroom teachers. She also has extensive training and teaching experience in Orff Schulwerk, Suzuki Flute, Conversational Solfege, World Music Drumming, Kindermusik, Modern Band, and Zumbini.
Her current research interests in early childhood and elementary music include music, movement, and creativity; interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches; and incorporating popular music that engages and inspires students. She has taught and presented at conferences throughout the United States and internationally, and through her mentorship, many of her students have also been accepted to present their work. She recently co-authored a chapter on Assessment in the Dalcroze Classroom that was published in the Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education.
Prior to Slippery Rock University, she served on the faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Barry University, Towson University, the Frost Preparatory Program, and was the former Outreach and Program Coordinator at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Dr. Eisenreich completed her D.M.A. and M.M. in Flute Performance with an emphasis in Music Education at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music.