Gibson, Rachel

(413) 475-0409
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2003-2009) Ph.D. Music Education, Advisor: Patricia Shehan Campbell
Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY (1995-2003) M.A. Music Education
Boston University (1987-1992) B.A. Music

Kodály Studies

Level I Portland State University 2001
Level II 2002
Level III 2004
Level IV 2005
Levels I and II Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico 2011

Teaching Experience

2008-2020: Westfield State University
July 8-21, 2018, July 8-19, 2019: Instructor: University of Montevallo Kodály Institute (Kodály Level II Pedagogy, Folk Song Research, and Level I Musicianship)
April 13, 2020: Guest Lecturer: Hartt School of Music, Presented Online: "Living Traditions: Songs and Singing Games from Central America"
2000-2008: Director of Elementary School Music, Deerfield Elementary School

Presentation Experiences

"Living Traditions: Children's Songs and Singing Games from Central America."
American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) National Conference
Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Conference
Boston Area Kodály Educators (BAKE)

Areas of Expertise

Traditional World Dances
World Music Traditions, expertise in Central America
Music Literacy Game

Session Topics

Living Traditions: Songs and Singing Games from Central America
Keep it Moving: Traditional World Dances
World Music Traditions: Songs, Singing Games, and Dances
Music Literacy Games and Activities

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

I have spent this last year in deep study with this topic and have read the following publications listed below. I have attended many professional development seminars on culturally responsive teaching and have a deep commitment to improving this area of my teaching.

Alim, H.S., & Paris, D. (2017). Culturally sustaining pedagogies: Teaching and learning for justice in a changing world. New York, NY: Teacher College Press.
Bradley, D.G. (2014). Good for What? Good for Whom? Decolonizing Music Education Philosophies. In W. Bowman, A.L Frega, & D. Bradley (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Gay, G. (2000). Culturally Responsive Teaching. New York, NY: Teacher College Press.
Hess, J. (2017). Equity and Music Education: Euphemism, Terminal Naivety, and Whiteness. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. Vol. 16 (3), p. 15-47.
Lind, V.R., & McKoy, C.L. (2016). Culturally responsive teaching in music education: From understanding to application. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Organizational Leadership

OAKE Board Member (Member at Large) 2020
Kodály Educators of New England (KESNE) President Elect 2021


Gibson, R.E. (in press). Living Traditions: Children's Music from Guatemala and Nicaragua. Oxford University Press.
Barry, A., & Hunt, P. (in press). Song Junction: A Kaleidoscope of Songs and Lesson Plans for Grades K-2. Oxford University Press. (Contributing Author)
Gibson, R. E. (2016). Musical Scenes from Central America. Massachusetts Music Educators Journal. 64(3), 46-48.
Gibson, R. E. (2008). Blanchard Village: Children at Musical Play, Kodaly Envoy, 34(4), 4-8.

Additional Information

I am deeply committed to high quality presentations with detailed handouts and websites.