Joanne May is assistant professor of music education at Elmhurst College where she supervises student teachers, teaches music theory and string techniques, and conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra.
May received B.S. (1975) and M.S. (1980) degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied violin with Paul Rolland for 3 years. She has used Rolland pedagogy in teaching pre-K through adults, mostly specializing in high school advancing students. She taught at the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop in 2017 and 2018, and has presented Rolland Pedagogy at the ASTA National Conference on three occasions, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in December, 2018.
May taught for 33 years in Illinois public schools including all levels of orchestra, general music, and band, and served as music department chair and orchestra director at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL for 22 years. She is compiling editor of The String Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, author of Music for Homeschoolers: A Guide to Music Instruction for Homeschool Families, and the author of numerous articles on string teaching for state and national publications. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, immediate past national chair of the NAfME Orchestra Council, past president of the Illinois American String Teachers Association, and she is an active guest conductor and clinician for workshops and festivals throughout the country.