Deborah (Sheldon) Confredo is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. Founder and conductor of Temple’s Night Owls Campus/Community Band, Confredo’s specialties include instrumental rehearsal techniques and teaching methods, assessment, research, music psychology, conducting, wind band literature, community bands, and informal music learning. She has served as conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Band since 2016. She co-authored the texts The Complete Woodwind Instructor: A Guidebook for the Music Educator andLessons in Performance (FJH), and is editor of Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks, and Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands.
She is lead author and clinician for the FJH publication Measures of Success®, a multi-level band method for beginning and intermediate instrumentalists. She developed and is featured in the Measures of Success® Video Practice Buddy Series, an online video tutorial program for developing band musicians. She works in partnership with the municipal bands of ANBIMA Piemonte in Italy. Her numerous articles are published in journals such as the Journal for Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, and Contributions to Music Education, as well as in several state music education journals. A past editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Confredo has also served multiple terms as an editorial board member for that journal as well as the Journal of Research in Music Education. She has been an editorial board member for Education,Journal of Research in Music Performance, and the International Journal of Music Education. Currently, she is editorial board member for the Journal of Band Researchand ad hoc reviewer for Frontiers in Psychology. She is Chair of the NAfME Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education and is a member of the NAfME Professional Development Committee. With three decades of experience, Dr. Confredo is in demand as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer. Tau Beta Sigma and the Illinois Music Educators Association have honored her for distinguished service to music and music education. Mansfield University recognized her as a distinguished alumnus and Florida State University presented her with the Faculty Citation for Graduate Alumni for Distinguished Achievement in Music Education and Scholarly Research in Music. She is recipient of the Temple University Outstanding Faculty Service Award and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Higher Education Citation of Excellence. Confredo is a freelance saxophonist in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.