Danni Gilbertassociate professor of practice in music education
Area of Focus: Music Education
Danni Gilbert is associate professor of practice in music education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music where she serves as the Coordinator of Music Field Experiences. Currently, she teaches MUED 201, Intro to Music Education, MUED 345, Instrumental Music Methods, and MUED 403, Student Teaching Seminar, as well as senior music education electives. She also supervises students in their practicum and student teaching placements. In addition, Dr. Gilbert teaches online graduate music education courses for Kent State University. Prior to her appointment at UNL, Dr. Gilbert served as assistant professor of music at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska where she taught courses in music education, supervised students in their field experiences, and conducted the pep band. Formerly, Dr. Gilbert taught saxophone and clarinet at Iowa Western Community College, saxophone and music theory at the College of Saint Mary, and directed elementary and intermediate band for Blair Community Schools.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, 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, and her work has been most recently represented at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference as well as the International Society for Technology in Education conference. 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.
What do you enjoy the most about being on the faculty at the Glenn Korff School of Music?
Gilbert: I most enjoy the opportunity to work with wonderful students and amazing colleagues every day! I love teaching in an environment where I am both encouraged and challenged. Getting to work with students when they enter the music education program as sophomores, as well as in their final semester as student teachers, is very rewarding because I can see how much students grow and learn as they progress.
What do you want others to know about the Glenn Korff School of Music?
Gilbert: Students and faculty here are not just rock-star musicians—we are also rock-star creators, educators, researchers, and scholars as well!
What are you most proud of in the area you work for the Glenn Korff School of Music?
Gilbert: I am most proud to work on a team of music education faculty members who are very accomplished, but are also very student-centered. My colleagues work hard to learn and grow to best meet the needs of our students, and inspire me to do the same!
What do you like to do outside of the Glenn Korff School of Music?
Gilbert: I enjoy performing saxophone with the Omaha Symphony, attending group exercise classes with friends, serving on my church’s worship team, bowling in a weekly league with my husband, and being a mother to my two daughters.
Anything else you would like to add?
Gilbert: I received both of my graduate degrees from the GKSOM, and never would have imagined that I would have the privilege of joining the faculty here some day! This is most definitely my dream job!