Karin S. Hendricks


Karin Hendricks joined the Boston University faculty in 2015, with previous faculty appointments at the University of Illinois and Ball State University.  She has taught courses in instrumental music education, research, sociology and psychology of music, music and social justice, and contemporary and alternative approaches to music learning.  She has served in a variety of service and leadership capacities at the state, national, and international level, and presently serves as Secretary of the American String Teachers Association.

Before moving to the collegiate level, Karin enjoyed a successful public school orchestra career for 13 years, where she was named “Secondary Teacher of the Year” for the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association; “Teacher of the Year” at Logan High School in Utah; and was a recipient of the United States Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award. Dr. Hendricks is active throughout the United States and abroad as an instrumental music clinician and adjudicator, and lectures regularly on topics related to music learning, motivation, and performance.

Karin’s research interests include social psychology and social justice in music learning contexts, with a particular focus on student motivation and musical engagement. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Suzuki Journal, American String Teacher, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Early Childhood Research and Practice, Gender and Education, International Journal of Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Research Studies in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Psychology of Music, and String Research Journal; as well as multiple practice-based articles in state music education journals. Dr. Hendricks has contributed book chapters for texts published by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, GIA, Meredith Music, Peter Lang, and Rowman and Littlefield. She is co-author of the book Performance Anxiety Strategies: A Musician’s Guide to Managing Stage Fright and author of Compassionate Music Teaching, both published by Rowman and Littlefield.