Research is a very personal journey that takes a variety of paths. When I began graduate school, I was very interested in the gender disparities in music education. That path led me to my current research revolving around the experiences of K-12 gay and lesbian music educators. Along the way, I have picked up interests in how students make creative decisions (ie, the creative process), assessment strategies in music classrooms, and social justice issues in music education. All of these research interests inform each other and it is my goal that as a practicing teacher and researcher, I can begin to connect the research with the practice.