University at Buffalo

Maria E. Runfola

Maria E. Runfola

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Professor 10 Months


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Assessment; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; Evaluation; Music Education; Standards; Online and Distance Learning; Measurements; Problem Based Learning

Contact Information
502 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4033

Professional Summary:

Includes curriculum development for all school departments.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University at Buffalo (1976)
  • EdM, University at Buffalo (1971)
  • BFA, University at Buffalo (1962)
Awards and Honors:
  • Grammy Nomination; National Grammy Foundation; 2015-08-12;
  • STAR Award for Service; Graduate School of Education; 2015-05-01;
  • Outstanding Service to Music Education Award; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Erie County Music Administrators; 2005-04-09;
  • Education Citation Awar; National Columbus Day Committee, Buffalo, NY; 1985-04-20;
Sponsored Research:
  • The Magic of Music Goes to Head Start; Foundation and Research Organization; Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo; Awarded; (09/01/2014-08/12/2015)
Journal Article:
  • Runfola, M. (2016). Development of MAP & ITML: Is Music Learning Theory an unexpected outcome? In Brophy, T. S., Marlatt, J., and Ritcher, Gary K. (Eds), Connecting practice, measurement, and evaluation. Chicago: GIA Publications.
Book Chapter:
  • Runfola, M. (2018). Assessment of early childhood music achievement. In T. Brophy, (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of assessment policy and practice in music education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Runfola, M. (2017). Forward in J. Jordan, Inside the Choral Rehearsal. Chicago: GIA.
  • Runfola, M. (2014). Music helps preschoolers with reading readiness: A research report. The School Music News. 78(1). New York: New York State School Music Association.
Invited Lectures:
  • Keynote Address (2016). Biannual International Conference, Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Chicago, IL.;
  • Runfola, M. (2019, May). Project Based approach to teaching Measurement and Evaluation at the graduate level. Session presented at the 7thInternational Symposium on Assessment in Music Education - Advancing Music Education through Assessment: Honoring Culture, Diversity, and Practice, Gainesville, FL.;
  • Runfola, M. (2015). Development of MAP & ITML: Is Music Learning Theory an Unexpected Outcome? Presented at the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Williaimsburg, VA.;
  • Runfola, R. & McDonel, J. S. (2014, May). A history of music learning theory. Paper session presented at the meeting of the St. Augustine Symposium on the History of Music Education, St Augustine, FL.;
Professional Service:
  • Professional Development Workshops - Starpoint Central School District Music Teachers
  • Advisory Board of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning
  • Member, Research Committee, New York State School Music Association.
  • 2015 Invited to participate as a Research Associate in the development of Model Cornerstone Music Assessments (MCAs) a joint effort of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

    Contact Information

    502 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-4033