Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Program: Music Education
Expertise: Music Education
A specialist in early childhood music and research, teaching instrumental music, and mentoring prospective and first-year music teachers, Dr. Tina Vartanian is currently the visual and performing arts coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Educational Programs. For over 18 years she had directed an award-winning public school music program in the Los Angeles area and has taught both undergraduate and graduate music education courses at the University of Southern California. Over the past 22 years, she has taught choral, strings, band, jazz, and general music to students in grades K-12 as well as such courses as Music in Early Childhood, Music in the Elementary Classroom, Teaching and Learning Music, and Teaching General Music at the university level. She also has presented numerous clinics at music education conferences, universities, and other venues, including such topics/titles as Discipline in the Music Classroom, Teaching Music: Prenatal to Adult, Mentoring of the First-Year Instrumental Music Teacher, Problems and Concerns of the First-Year Instrumental Music Teacher, What to Expect (and What Not to Expect) in Your First Year of Music Teaching, ARTS Across the Curriculum, and Discipline in the Band Room. As a flutist, Vartanian performs regularly in solo, chamber music, and commercial settings. Her commercial and educational recordings include This Heart of Mine, Baby Concerts, and Musical Moments: Activities for Parents and Children (with Dean Rob Cutietta and Dr. Susan Helfter).
She is the owner of BabyKeiks, which is a music program for young children and their families. Internationally, she serves as the early childhood director on the School Board of the Weihei Mao Piano Music Art Center International Music School in China.
Dr. Vartanian is a native of Los Angeles, and currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.