PAIR Lead Researchers

Dr. Gail Burnaford
Dr. Gail Burnaford is a Professor in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry (CCEI) at Florida Atlantic University where she teaches doctoral and master’s courses in program evaluation, curriculum design and instructional practice and chairs multiple dissertation committees. Prior to this, she was Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Northwestern University and taught in the Master of Science in Education Program in the School of Education and Social Policy at NU. She is a former high school English teacher.

Dr. Burnaford holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. In 2011, she received Master of Arts in Religion studying the arts and education at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. She is the author of four books, Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review (Burnaford, 2007), Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning (Burnaford, Aprill, Weiss, 2001), Teachers Doing Research: The Power of Action Through Inquiry (Burnaford, Fischer, Hobson, 2001, second ed.), and Images of Schoolteachers in America (Joseph and Burnaford, 2001 second ed.), all published with Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Her research interests are spirituality and learning, arts in education, teacher development, action research, and arts partnership program evaluation. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in these research arenas.

Dr. Burnaford has been an evaluator on numerous projects with organizations including the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, the New Mexico Arts Council’s Ticket to Learning in Roswell, New Mexico, the Ravinia Music Festival, and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. She has worked on Department of Education Model Dissemination Grants and Professional Development Grants as a Principal Investigator. Dr. Burnaford has presented school program evaluation research at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Barcelona, Spain and the World Conference on Arts Education. (UNESCO) in Lisbon, Portugal as well as the European and International Symposium for Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education on Children and Young People in Paris, France. She was Principal Investigator and site director for the national initiative with the Music in Education National Consortium, in conjunction with the New England Conservatory of Music, Georgia State University, CAPE and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, (FIPSE).

Dr. Burnaford studied voice with Dorothy Darr Robinson, Frederick Robinson, and Florence Kopleff and has done professional recital, concert, and operatic performance. Professor Burnaford sang with Robert Shaw's Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus and toured Europe with this group in 1988.

Dr. Lawrence Scripp
Educated as a musical performer, composer, and psychologist of music and education, Dr. Larry Scripp is the Founding Director of the Music-in-Education Concentration at New England Conservatory and the founding director and senior researcher for the Center for Music and Arts in Education (CMAIE) in New York, an organization that provides ‘guided practice’ consultant services for organizations that embrace arts and arts integration practices, program evaluation, and research design, data collection, and analysis.

Dr. Scripp has served as a Principal Investigator for more than a dozen arts learning research projects in public schools and is currently working with arts learning portfolio assessments in two CAPE/Chicago Public School District projects, Oakland Unified School District Music Integration Learning Environment (MILE) program, the Miami Choral Academy, the Center for Arts Education in New York, and the San Francisco Opera. Dr. Scripp’s most influential writings include his essay on music and learning research in the Critical Links Compendium ( and his innovative research-based Music PLUS Music Integration education practices as reported in the International Handbook on Innovation (Pergamon).

As the former founding co-director of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, the Executive Editor for the Journal for Music-in-Education (, and the Music-in-Education National Consortium Project, Dr. Scripp has articulated the case for new understandings of music and the arts as agents of change in school policy, pedagogy, assessment, and research. Lawrence Scripp continues to lecture internationally on the essential role of music and the arts in 21st century education.