RYAN HOURIGAN (2010 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year) joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching instrumental and vocal music at the secondary and university level. A native of Illinois, Dr. Hourigan holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University (B.M.), Michigan State University (M.M. Wind Conducting) and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan. Dr. Hourigan currently teaches music education and is the Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University. His article (along with Amy Hourigan) entitled Teaching Music to Children with Autism: Understandings and Perspectives was the most downloaded article for the Music Educators Journal for 2012. Dr. Hourigan is the co-author of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach (2011) and Teaching Music to Students with Autism (2013). In 2009, Dr. Hourigan co-founded the Prism Project, which provides an opportunity foR&Ball State students to gain skills in the area of teaching students with special needs.