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Louise Pascale

Professor Emerita

Louise Pascale

Louise Pascale became professor emerita in 2020, after many years as the director of the Integrated Teaching through the Arts program at Lesley University. A musician and music educator, she worked in the field of arts in education for over 25 years as an artist-educator and classroom teacher. 

Louise served for eight years as education director for VSA arts Massachusetts, an organization that develops arts-based teaching strategies so students with and without disabilities can learn together more effectively. She is also the founder of the non-profit The Children’s Afghan Songbook & Literacy Project, an organization that strives to preserve and redistribute traditional Afghan children’s songs and folktales that were almost completely eradicated due to the devastation that has afflicted Afghanistan over the past 30 years. To date, over 50,000 copies of two songbooks made up of traditional children’s songs and accompanying teacher’s guides, Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar and Awasana See Sa, have been distributed to elementary schools and orphanages across Afghanistan. 

Recently, a new book of traditional Afghan children’s folktales, Bood Nabood (Once Upon a Time) was published and is currently being distributed to schools, orphanages and mobile libraries in 15 Provinces in Afghanistan, with the help of Afghan educational organizations. In 2014 Louise presented a TEDx talk, “Returning Music to the Children of Afghanistan” detailing the story and cultural significance of this project.  Louise’s work is internationally recognized and has been featured on BBC and NPR.

She has presented keynotes and professional development workshops for teachers and administrators across the United States and abroad on the topic of the arts and education. Her latest book, Integrating the Arts across Content Areas, which she co-authored with Lisa Donovan, provides a practical guide for educators to implement arts-based strategies to engage students and enhance their learning across the content areas. 


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. It 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

Arts in Education Programs