Susan Carpenter

Full Time Faculty

Behavioral Sciences


Phone: (718) 368-5212
Office Location: V-115B, Academic Village

Susan Carpenter


Sue Carpenter is Assistant Professor in the Education Program of the Department Behavioral Sciences and Human Services at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. As an arts educator, internationally including in London, Canberra and New York- in higher education, special education, and in museums. She is currently consulting editor for the Journal of the International Association of Special Education and is writing a hand book on arts in education to be published by Nova Science. At Kingsborough, she is proactive in developing courses that are inclusive, she is course co coordinator for Music and Movement and Art in Education courses, and the Education Club Faculty Advisor.


EDC 2300: Music and Movement Workshop in Education

EDC220: Art Workshop in Education

EDC 90A4:  Seminar and Practicum in Teacher Development

EDC9105:  Supervised Instructional Experience in Education

Psych2400:  Psychological Disorders in Young Children
PhD. Australian National University, Canberra Australia, 2004.  Dissertation: "Hand-in-Hand: An Intergenerational Community Music Program: A Case Study"

MSc. in Education, Teacher of Special Education,  Lehman College, City University of New York, 2001.  Thesis:  "The Therapeutic Use of Music and Autism"

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education: Art Teacher's Certificate, University of London, Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom, 1986

M.F.A., University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 1981

B.A. with Honors in Fine Arts, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 1979
College Teaching
Kingsborough Community College: Education Program, Spring 2011-

City College: Adjunct Instructor: Child and Adolescent Development, Masters of Education Program, Rockland County Outreach Center, 2010

Duchess Community College: Adjunct Instructor, Health Studies, 2004

Brighton Polytechnic, U.K.: Adjunct Instructor, Creative Arts Department, 1995

Crewe and Alsager College, U.K.: Artist-in-Residence, 1981

Guest lecturer:

Dowling College Long Island NY, Department of Social Sciences, 2010

Purchase College, State University of New York, Liberal Arts, Film Studies, 2008

Australian National University Schools Singing Program, 2004
Selected Publications and/or Other Resources


“Inclusion in a Music and Movement Education Course”: Journal of the International Association of Special Education: Summer 2015

“Intergenerational Music Outreach”: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 2015

“An Inclusive Community Chorus-A Practical and Philosophical Approach” International Journal of Community Music 2015

“Make Music in the classroom: Ten Tips for Special Education Teachers”, 2011 self- published NY.

From Helped to Helper’, Conference Proceedings, Symposium of the International Musicological Society, 2004 (jointly authored with S. West, PhD) 

‘Hand-in-Hand Inclusive Music Program,’ Inclusive Practice Conference Proceedings, University of Canberra, Australia, 2002


‘Turning the Tables: Attitudes toward Disability’ Kingsborough Community College Disability Awareness Week, April 2014

‘Inclusion through Music in a Community College Setting’: Faculty Forum Kingsborough Community College, November 2013

‘Disability and the Media’: YAI conference NYC May 2013

‘Inclusion through Music in a Community College Setting: International Association of Special Education Conference: July 2013 Vancouver Canada

“Music Outreach: New York State Intergenerational Network,” Manhattanville College, Westchester Chapter, March 2012 (joint presentation with Michael Garber)

“Music and Overcoming Burnout”, Generations United Conference, Washington, DC, 2011

“The Benefits of an Intergenerational Music Outreach Program, with Particular Reference to Adults with Alzheimer’s and Students with Special Needs”, Generations United International Conference, Washington, DC, 2009

“Empowering Students with Special Needs,” International Arts and Humanities Conference, Hawaii, 2008

“The Benefits of Music Outreach for Adults with Alzheimer’s and Students with Special Needs,” presented at the Gerontology in Higher Education Conference, Baltimore, February, 2008

“Hand-in-Hand Inclusive Music Program,” Inclusive Practice Conference, University of Canberra, Australia, 2002

Research Interests

Music, inclusion, disability, altruism, civic engagement

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies
International Association of Special Education
New York City Early Childhood Education Association

Generations United

Personal Interests

Gardening, piano, holistic health, film.