Shoshana Gottesman devotes her time to the exploration and development of musical spaces as locations for youth-led conflict transformation. By combining her years of experience in the fields of music education and values-based education with her studies in peacebuilding and human rights education, Shoshana has enjoyed invaluable experiences in teaching budding musicians, teacher and facilitator preparation, program and curriculum writing, and publishing. The cross-section of critical pedagogy, music education, values-based education, education philosophy, and curriculum writing are her current exploratory spaces of play.
Shoshana began her musical career on the violin at the age of six and transferred to the viola while an undergraduate student at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami. Over the years, she has studied violin and viola performance with members of the Houston Symphony, the Bergonzi String Quartet, and the Daedalus Quartet, and has participated in numerous music festivals in addition to performing in the United States, Tunisia, France, Germany, and Jerusalem. She also is the co-producer of the album, “The Road is Made By Walking,” which was a participatory and international album co-creation project by educators, musicians, and artists from over six countries.
Shoshana received her master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University from the International Educational Development Department with a focus on peacebuilding and human rights education. As an educator and teacher, her experiences range from local and international contexts in formal and non-formal education and teacher and facilitator professional development. This has included teaching music at the KIPP Star Middle School in West Harlem, teaching and most recently, Deputy Director of the Cultures in Harmony – Atlas Music Festival for youth in Tunisia, working with music education-encounter dialogue programs Heartbeat and The Jerusalem Youth Chorus in Israel – Palestine, teaching private violin lessons at a music center in Taybieh, and teaching and organizing professional development courses focusing on the expressive arts, facilitation, and critical pedagogy. In addition to her music and teaching career, Shoshana has gained a myriad of business and entrepreneurial skills in the nonprofit sector.
Most recently, Shoshana has returned to Teachers College, Columbia University as a PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow in the Music and Music Education Department.
- Gottesman, S. (2018). Dialogical musical spaces: Raising youth critical consciousness in equalizing intergroup settings. In, Critical articulations of hope from the margins of arts education. Routledge Education: New York.
- “Dialogue” in the Music and Arts in Action Special Edition — Music in Peacebuilding: Keywords
- Gottesman, S. (2017). On Nationalism, Pluralism, and Educators Actively Questioning Our Identities. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 6(2), 7.
- Gottesman, S. (2016, November). Hear and Be Heard: Learning With and Through Music as a Dialogical Space for Co-Creating Youth Led Conflict Transformation. In Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy (Vol. 17, No. 1).
- MayDay Group Colloquium 30: Understanding the Role of Curriculum in Contemporary Learning Communities (June 2018)
- Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium (June 2018)
- New Directions in Music Education Conference “Musicking Equity: Enacting social justice through music education” (February 2017)
- Arts Without Borders? Conference (October 2016)
- Cultural Diversity in Music Education Conference CDIME XII (June 2015)
Her resume is available upon request.
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