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Associate Professor, Music Education
B.A., Boston University; M.A., Teachers College at Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Washington
Dr. Rachel Gibson is an Associate Professor of Music and coordinator of music education. She teaches Introduction the Music Education, Elementary Music Education, World Music for Education Majors, and mentors student teachers. Dr. Gibson is an active clinician at the state and national levels where she leads workshops in the Kodály Method, music literacy games and activities, multicultural songs and singing games, and folk dancing. Her research interests include folk song traditions in Central America and has recently completed a nine-month sabbatical in Guatemala and Nicaragua where she engaged in folk song collection and language study. Dr. Gibson has completed four Levels of Kodály training, one Level of Orff training, and is on the summer faculty at the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute in Alabama. She has published articles in the Kodály Envoy and Massachusetts Music News and prior to her current position, taught K-6 general and choral music for 15 years in New York, Connecticut, and Washington State. She also maintained a large private piano studio where she taught piano lessons to children and adults.