Sandy Goldie is a Professor of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches music education and string pedagogy courses. Before coming to VCU, Dr. Goldie taught graduate and undergraduate music education courses at the University of Florida, where she received the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. She is passionate about music teacher education and music education for people of all ages believing that music education offers something unique to individuals and society by heightening and strengthening a person’s sensitivity and awareness of beauty, offering transformative and empowering experiences, and improving the quality of life of the individual and the society in which they live long after formal instruction has ended. As a music teacher educator and researcher, she strives to offer preservice teachers experiences that can be intellectually and psychologically empowering and transformative in order to ready them to enter the world of music teaching with the passion and skills necessary to remain for a lifetime.
As a public school orchestra teacher for fourteen years as well as a guest conductor for many honors groups, all-regions, district clinics, youth orchestras, and the 2009 SC All-State Orchestra, Dr. Goldie has enjoyed working with students of all ages. Her orchestras have consistently received superior ratings each year at State Performance Festivals and in festivals throughout the United States and abroad.
Dr. Goldie is an active guest speaker and clinician and has presented her research and ideas at state, national and international conferences (NAfME, ASTA, SCMEA, ISAME). She has worked to promote music education at the local, state and national levels through leadership positions in professional organizations such as ASTA (former state president SC Chapter), NAfME (former executive board member, SCMEA orchestra division), AVS (president-elect, SC Chapter) and Arts Advisory councils at the local and school levels.
Dr. Goldie completed her PhD in Music Education at the University of Florida, her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Music Education at the University of South Carolina. When not teaching, Dr. Goldie enjoys performing and has performed professionally with symphonies in SC, NC, and GA, including the SC Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and others. Her greatest loves are her family, her dog (Murray), her cat (Charlie) and the joy of sharing the excitement of teaching and playing orchestral music with her students.