Louise Pascale


Louise Pascale

Dr. Pascale is a professor and director of the Integrated Teaching through the Arts program. She has worked in the field of arts in education for over 25 years. Louise’s research focuses on investigating the meaning of singer and non-singer with an interest in changing the ways singing is perceived, nurtured and implemented in classrooms. In 2005 she launched the Children’s Afghan Songbook Project, a nationally and internationally recognized project that strives to preserve and redistribute traditional Afghan children’s songs that were almost completely eradicated due to the devastation that has afflicted Afghanistan over the past 30 years.

In 2008, Louise published the first songbook, Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar - Children’s Songs from Afghanistan.  In 2009, after returning from a visit to Afghanistan, she and her Afghan team a second songbook, Awasana See Sana along with accompanying Teacher’s Guides for both songbooks The Teacher’s Guides reinforce desperately needed literacy skills.  There are currently 50,000 copies of the songbooks distributed to schools and orphanages across Afghanistan.  Louise is asked to present her work across the country, presented a TEDx talk in 2014 and has been interviewed with BBC World Outlook (2016) and Berlin’s NPR station, GMX.DE. (2016)  

In 2016, Louise was awarded the prestigious Champion of Education Award by Canadian Women for Afghan Women, (CW4WAfghan), a highly respected international non-profit whose work in Afghanistan focuses on literacy and education for girls.  Her article, The Role of Music in Education: Forming Cultural Identity and Making Cross-Cultural Connections, was published in the Harvard Education Review, Spring 2013. 

In 2018, she received a grant award from CW4WAfghan to help publish a book of folk tales of Afghanistan. 


BA, University of California
M.Ed., Lesley University
PhD, Lesley University

Selected Publications

Her latest book, Integrating the Arts across Content Areas which she co-authored with Lisa Donovan, was published in 2012 by Shell Education and provides arts-based activities and strategies to use in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies instruction. This resource helps teachers to gain a better understanding of why and how to use the arts to reach and engage students. It provides activities, concrete examples, and stories from teachers already implementing art-based curriculum. The strategies are presented in categories that include: dramatic movement, storytelling, poetry, music/rhythm, and visual arts. This resource supports the Common Core State Standards.

Selected Presentations

TedX Talk: Returning Music to the Children of Afghanistan

July 2017: Presenter at Creativity at the Core Summer Institute, California County Superintendents Education Services Association. Exploring Text through Visual Arts and Poetry