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December, 20, 2023
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM




Danni Gilbert

Danni Gilbert

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Teach Music Like a Pirate!

Clinic Synopsis:

Based on strategies for successful teaching developed by Dave Burgess in Teach Like a Pirate, this interactive session will lead attendees through ideas aimed at increasing student engagement, boosting creativity in teaching, and employing effective leadership in school music settings. Geared toward music educators at any level and area, we will learn ways to ignite passion and enthusiasm in our teaching and work towards transforming our classrooms to promote teaching and learning success.

Danni Gilbert - Biographical Information

Dr. Danni Gilbert is the Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition, Dr. Gilbert teaches online graduate music education courses for Kent State University. Prior to her appointment at UMN, Dr. Gilbert served as Associate Professor of Practice in Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Assistant Professor of Music at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, taught saxophone and clarinet at Iowa Western Community College, taught saxophone and music theory at the College of Saint Mary, and directed elementary and intermediate band for Blair Community Schools. Dr. Gilbert received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She received her master’s degree in saxophone performance and her Ph.D. in music education, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Active in various forms of creativity and research, Dr. Gilbert’s work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, the Journal of Music, Technology and Education, and the Arts Education Policy Review. She also enjoys presenting at professional conferences. Dr. Gilbert’s research interests include adapting music instruction for the 21st century, using technology to enhance teaching and learning for all students, increasing student motivation in school music programs, and strengthening music teacher preparation. Dr. Gilbert frequently serves as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. In addition, she regularly performs as a saxophonist with the Omaha Symphony.