About the School
Jennifer A. Bugos received her B.M (music education) from the University of Florida, M.M. (music education) from the University of Central Florida, and Ph.D. (music education and minor gerontology) from the University of Florida. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida where she teaches undergraduate courses in General Music Methods, Internship, and Senior Seminar. She also serves as the Music Education Internship Coordinator. Dr. Bugos teaches graduate courses such as Foundations and Principles of Music Education and Lifelong Learning in Music Education.
Jennifer Bugos taught piano, general music, children’s choir, and recorder ensemble for many years in Orange and Seminole County, Florida. While pursuing her doctorate, Bugos served as a secondary caregiver for her grandparents which led to an interest in gerontology. She wrote and facilitated a McKnight Brain Research Grant to examine the effects of individualized piano instruction on cognitive abilities in older adults. Bugos pursued post-doctoral work in the Clinical-Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory under the direction of Dr. William Perlstein. While teaching and performing research at East Carolina University, her previous appointment, Bugos received funding from the Retirement Research Foundation to study, “Bimanual Coordination on Successful Aging: Results of a Model Music Program.”
Dr. Bugos’ main research interests include the neurological basis for music perception and cognition with regard to human development, lifespan learning, and cognitive transfer. Her research has been featured at national and international conferences such as the MENC National Conference, Society for Neuroscience, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. She has published in many journals such as the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and Aging and Mental Health.