Suzanne L. Burton is professor of music education, director of graduate studies, and coordinator of music education at the University of Delaware. Burton specializes in music teacher preparation in authentic contexts, early childhood and K-12 general music, and is on the certification faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Her research interests are music acquisition and the development of music literacy, school-university partnerships, international partnerships, and effective professional development.
Dr. Burton is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Visions of Research in Music Education, is widely published in professional journals, and has contributed book chapters to Applications of Music Learning Theory, Collaborative Action for Change: Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on Music Teacher Education and the international compilation, Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education. She is lead editor and contributor to Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music book, and editor and contributor for the book Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Middle School General Music.
Dr. Burton is a recipient of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Jessie Ball DuPont Educator Award, and is the immediate past chair of the NAfME Collegiate Council and the NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group. She is chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the College Music Society. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Burton also advises the UD Community Music School Early Childhood Music for Young Minds program and teaches K-8 general music in a local school.