Sandy Goldie teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses at the Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is the string music education specialist and Assistant Professor of Music Education. Before her recent move to Richmond, Virginia, she spent several years teaching string music education courses at the University of Florida where she completed her PhD and was awarded the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and performance from the University of South Carolina. She is an active conductor/clinician, professional performer (violist), and advocate for music education. Dr. Goldie enjoys working with young musicians throughout the United States and has conducted many honors groups, all-region orchestras, district clinics, youth orchestras, as well as the 2009 South Carolina All-State Orchestra. She has also enjoyed working with students of all ages in the public schools as an orchestra teacher. Her orchestras have consistently received superior ratings each year at state performance festivals in South Carolina, Georgia and throughout the United States and abroad, performing in places like Hawaii (1st Place High School Orchestra Division), Italy (2007 tour of Rome, Venice, Cremona and Florence), Orlando, Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, and New York. Her orchestras also routinely performed in local nursing homes and elementary schools in order to share the joy of music and music education with others in the community.
Dr. Goldie has presented her music education research and pedagogy ideas at state, national and international conferences (NAfME, ASTA, Midwest Clinic, TMEA, VMEA, GMEA, SCMEA, ISAME, etc.). She has worked to promote music education at the local, state and national levels through leadership positions in professional organizations such as ASTA (former state president SC Chapter, current president-elect in Virginia), NAfME (former executive board member of SCMEA orchestra division), AVS (president-elect of SC Chapter and executive board member of Virginia Chapter) and Arts Advisory councils at the local and school levels. Dr. Goldie enjoys performing and has performed professionally with symphonies in SC, NC, and GA, including the SC Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and others. Today, her greatest loves are her family, her dog (Murray), her new cat (Charlie) and the joy of sharing the excitement of great music teaching and performing with her students and fellow teachers.