The JMU Center for Inclusive Music Engagement Fellow

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Lou Veramessa

Lou is a graduate of the vocal music education program at JMU. After attending 6 different schools throughout West Virginia and Ohio, Lou moved to Rockingham County in 9th grade where she discovered JMU. Lou views music as an innate, preverbal, multi-sensory way of knowing and expressing and she aims to cultivate musiking as an accessible and multifarious catalyst for social justice and reform. As engagement fellow, Lou is looking forward to collaborating with community partners to develop meaningful, inclusive, and engaging music experiences. She will serve as an administrator and facilitator in existing and emerging musical initiatives as well as provide research, website, and social media support. As the inaugural fellow for the Center, she will lead a music engagement needs assessment in the James Madison University and Harrisonburg, VA - Government communities.


The Position


  • A developing fluency in vernacular music styles, and music instruments including bass, digital technologies, drums, guitar, keyboard, and ukulele

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • Experience with event planning and administration

  • A working knowledge and ability (or willingness to develop) to use research and analysis software (e.g., Qualtrics, SPSS, NVivo)

  • A Working knowledge and ability (or willingness to develop) Skill using Cascade web development and social media platforms

  • A Working knowledge and ability (or willingness to develop) grant writing skills.

  • Skills and knowledges for facilitating adaptive, flexible, and engaging music experiences with diverse populations.
  • Skills for developing and nurturing partnerships within and beyond the university

  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills


Duties include:

  • Providing administrative and facilitation support to existing and emerging initiatives (e.g., JMUke, Engaged Musicking for Inclusive Communities, Community Based Songwriting Collaborations, Dance for PD, Music for PD)

  • Leading a needs assessment in order to understand needs and desires for inclusive, engaging music experiences in the JMU and Harrisonburg communities.

  • Collaborating with community partners to ideate, develop, facilitate, and evaluate innovate musicking opportunities for all persons to create, perform, respond, and connect with, in, through, and around music in ways that are meaningful and add richness to individuals' lives and our broader communities.

  • Updating CIME’s website and social media platforms

  • Providing research and administrative support to CIME director and staff.

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