Recent Publication

"The Role of Arts in Social Justice" published in the Winter 2020 issue of The Piano Magazine.

Dr. Unrau is the recipient of the Karl B. Schultz Faculty Scholarship Grant at Bluffton University for 2013-15. Her research topic is titled: Social Justice as Viewed through the Lens of Arts Advocacy. This project focuses on researching and studying data on effective arts programs in the US and specifically Ohio, particularly in secondary settings, for students of varying socio-economic backgrounds. By studying the positive aspects of arts education on student outcomes it will be possible to generate approaches to advocacy not based on anecdotal evidence, but on recent research that shows that arts education results in tangible educational outcomes for all students.

Arts Advocacy Preliminary Bibliography

Karl B. Schultz Scholarship Grant

“Arts Education Partnership.” 2012,

“ArtsEdSearch.” 2012, Arts Education Partnership,

Benham, John L. Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision. R&L Education, 2010.

Booth, Eric. The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. USA: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Collins, Donna, ed., Arts Advocacy Issue, Triad Oct.-Nov. 2010.

Duke, Robert A. Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction. USA: Learning and Behavior Resources, 2009.

Forgeard M, Winner E, Norton A, Schlaug G. Practicing a Musical Instrument in Childhood is Associated with Enhanced Verbal Ability and Nonverbal Reasoning. PLoS ONE, 2008; 3 (10): e3566 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003566

Klichenstein, Gerald. The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness. USA: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Lerman, Liz. Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer. Wesleyan, 2011.

“Making the Case.” 2011, 2012-2013 Budget Overview and Talking Points, Making the Case

“Music Education Standards and Assessment.” 2012, MakeMusic, Inc.Mus Ed Standards and Assessment

“Musequality.” 2012. Musequality

Parsad, B., and Spiegelman, M. (2012). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999–2000 and 2009–10 (NCES 2012–014). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC. Arts Ed in Public Schools

Polisi, Joseph. The Artist as Citizen. Amadeus Press, 2004. Riley, Susan. A Vocal Advocate: An Arts Advocacy Workbook. Amazon Digital Services, 2012. Rosenthal, Rob and Richard Flacks. Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements. Paradigm Publishers, 2012.