Dr. Donna Gwyn Wiggins is Professor of Music Education at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. She has served as a faculty member at Winston-Salem State University for 17 years where she prepares pre-professional music educators and supervises pre-clinical and clinical student experiences. In addition, Dr. Wiggins contributes to the General Education curriculum instructing students in Afro-American Music and Liberal Learning seminars.
Dr. Wiggins was awarded the University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. Dr. Wiggins’ impact as a teacher and grant-funded researcher extends beyond the campus in such ways as providing arts education experiences for underrepresented youth in community music settings; founding the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir; incorporating undergraduate research assistants into her early childhood center studies on the music and literacy connection; supporting student-derived music service projects with special populations; and promoting creative aging performance activities in the African American senior community through research and service. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers Association. Dr. Wiggins is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Donna Gwyn Wiggins, LLC operating as W.E. PLAY Music Studio where she instructs children and adults in piano methods, music theory, and music composition. Dr. Wiggins received her BM degree in Music Theory and Composition and MST degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University (1979, 1985) and the PhD in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Iowa (1997).
I believe in the power of music to engage learners of all ages in creative endeavors that strengthen them cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually across the lifespan. In my studio and in the classroom, I develop learning experiences that connect the arts to everyday life in meaningful and inspirational ways. As a result, my students are inspired to not only perform music of great composers but to explore their own creative avenues through composition. I enjoy working with learners of all ages and take great joy in seeing them grow in every way from year to year.
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