Faculty and Staff
Professor / Music Education
School of Music
School of Music Room 319
Dr. Barnes is professor of Music Education and Director of the USC String Project. She received her BM and MM from the University of Michigan and her PhD in 1998 from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Barnes teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in stringed instrument methods and orchestra literature. She also teaches graduate courses in various topics such as Introduction to Research in Music Education, Administration and Curriculum of Music Programs (with a focus on the Sociology of Music Education).
Dr. Barnes research interests include community and school orchestra programs and access to music education for under-served youth. She is a co-author of Measures of Success for String Orchestra (published by The FJH Music Company).
Dr. Barnes has served on the national board of the American String Teachers Association
and the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Teacher Education. She is currently on the editorial board of the String Research Journal and the board of the National String Project Consortium.
Dr. Barnes continues to teach and conduct student-aged musicians as part of her role as Director of the USC String Project. In addition, she has conducted All-State Orchestras in Florida, Georgia and Michigan.
Selected Research Articles
Barnes, G.V., DeFreitas, A. & Grego, J. (in press) Parental Involvement and Home Environment in Music: Current and Former Students from Selected Community Music Programs in Brazil and the United States. International Journal of Music Education.
Barnes, G. V. (2013) The University of South Carolina String Project: Teaching and
learning within a community music programme. International Journal of Community Music, 6 (1). 23-31.
Barnes, G. V. (2012). Research to practice: Collaborating for our greater good. String Research Journal.
Barnes, G. V. (2010). Teaching music: The first year. Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, 185. 63-76.
Barnes, G. V. (2010). Publish and flourish. American String Teacher, 60 (3), 112.
Barnes, G. (2008). Challenging the middle school orchestra musician. American String Teacher, 58 (3) 38-41.
Smith, B. and Barnes, G.V. (Fall 2007). Development and validation of an orchestra performance rating scale. Journal of Research in Music Education, 55 (3),268-280.
Barnes, G.V. and McCashin, R. (2005). Practices and procedures for adjudicated orchestra festivals, Update, 23 (2), 34-41.
Barnes, G.V. (2004). Applying Research to the Studio and Classroom. American String Teacher, 54 (4), 46-48.
Reprint Zdzinski, S and Barnes, G.V. (2003). Development and Validation of a String Performance Rating Scale, The Academic Periodical of Shenyang Conservatory of Music (THE NEW VOICE OF YUE-FU QUARTERLY) NO.4.
Zdzinski, S. and Barnes, G.V. (2002). Development and Validation of a String Performance Rating Scale, Journal of Research in Music Education. 50 (3), 244-255.
Barnes, G. V.(2002). National Board Certification, A Validation of String and Orchestra Teachers’ Skills. American String Teacher, 52 (3), 70-75.
Barnes, G.V. and McCashin, R. (2002). All-State Orchestras, A Survey of Practices and Procedures. Update: Applications of Research, 20 (2), 16-20.
Barnes, G.V. (2001).Opportunities in Service Learning. Music Educators Journal, 88 (4), 42-46.
Barnes, G. (2000). Success (or Survival!) Stories of High School Block Scheduling. American String Teacher, 50 (1), 80-83.
Barnes, G. (2000). A Comparison of Self-Efficacy and Teaching Effectiveness in Preservice String Teachers, Journal of String Research, 1, 37-57.