Glenda Cosenza received her doctorate in music education (1997) from Temple University. Her musical background includes professional voice (soprano) and choral conducting experience and public and private school general and choral music teaching. She has also worked for more than 15 years as a church musician, playing organ and piano and directing children and adult choirs.
At NIU, Dr. Cosenza teaches undergraduate elementary and middle school music education methods courses, supervises student teachers, and teaches graduate courses in computer technology for music educators, general music, and research
Dr. Cosenza's research interests include studying the impact of music and other fine arts on urban school children's acquisition of language arts skills; how pre-service music educators become reflective learners and teachers; and developing and testing curricula in which popular music forms are integrated into traditional music classrooms in grades K-8
Her hobbies include travel, craft fairs, reading historical fiction, and playing with Athena, her chocolate Labrador retriever.