Valerie Austin is the Director of Graduate Studies in Music at UNCP. With a background in both musicology and music education, Dr. Austin has scholarly interests in a variety of musical areas. These include the pedagogy of education, early instrumental music and 20th century American music, and European to American folk music histories. Austin has presented numerous papers in the areas of musicology and music education, holds three Orff levels, and was one of the first Nationally Board Certified music teachers. She has presented both musicology and music education topics at national and international forums, and has reviewed children's literature for the Orff Echo.