Craig Resta earned degrees from the University of Maryland College Park (PhD), Indiana University (MM), and Baylor University (BME). His teaching experience has encompassed rural, urban, and suburban settings in each geographical region of the United States having worked in Texas, Indiana, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio. Teaching positions have included elementary and middle school orchestra and instrumental settings, and extensive work with students from primary school through doctoral level in music education.
Dr. Resta holds research interests in string pedagogy, sociocultural paradigms in music education, educational leadership and arts education advocacy, and educator preparation at multiple levels. He has presented numerous sessions at professional conferences for the Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio Music Education Associations (MMEA, GMEA, PMEA, OMEA), Music Educators National Conference/National Association for Music Education (MENC/NAFME) National, Eastern, and North Central Divisions, and the GMEA Collegiate Music Educators Conference (CMENC). Other research, clinic, and panel sessions include the Chattanooga Symposium on the History of Music Education (NAFME/HSRIG), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference, College Music Society (CMS – San Diego 2012, San Antonio 2017), Colloquium for Instrumental Music Teacher Educators (IMTE), the International Society for Music Education (ISME – China 2010, Brazil 2014, Scotland 2016, Azerbaijan 2018), and Cultural Diversity in Music Education (CDIME XII, Finland 2015).
His work is published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Maryland Music Educator, New Jersey Tempo, Ohio TRIAD, and American String Teacher. He is a contributor to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music produced by Oxford University Press, who also published his book, Valuing Music in Education: A Charles Fowler Reader (2017). This collection of 50 essays with critical commentary highlights the role and importance of music and arts education in schools and society. Dr. Resta has adjudicated and conducted school music events in Texas, Maryland, Georgia, and Ohio, worked as Advocacy Chair on the Maryland MEA Executive Board, is a past Music and Education Scholar for the Ohio Humanities Council, and serves on the International Society for Music Education History Standing Committee (2014-2022). He is a member of the OMEA Research Committee (2010-forward), an editorial board member of Excellence in Performing Arts Research, has served on the Editorial Board of Contributions to Music Education (2010-2013), and is Editor of the journal since 2013.
His principal violin teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Stanley Ritchie, and Davis Brooks. Research mentors are Marie McCarthy, Thomas Binkley, and Harry Elzinga. Performing experience includes programs at The Round Top and Princeton Festivals, The Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals, and The Bloomington and Washington (DC) Early Music Festivals. Concert and workshop appearances include venues in Texas, Indiana, Utah, Tennessee, Ohio, California, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and New Jersey; and abroad in Switzerland, Germany, China, England, and Ireland. He is a member of Armonia Nova and Bernardus Medieval Ensemble, scholarship-based groups focusing on historical and medieval repertoire, literature, and culture. Notable performances include those at Miller Chapel Princeton (New Jersey US), DACOR Bacon House (Washington DC), Exeter Cathedral (Exeter UK), Buckfast Abbey (Devon UK), and St. Audoen’s Parish (Dublin IE).
An instrumental and string specialist, Dr. Resta is currently Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kent State University. He works with bachelors, masters, and doctoral students, teaching courses in string pedagogy, pre-service music teacher education, instrumental music teaching, and music education research and foundational studies (history, philosophy, sociology), among other duties.