Collegiate Affiliation

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; Music Educators Journal; Journal of Music, Technology and EducationCollege Music SymposiumJournal of Music Teacher EducationResearch & Issues in Music EducationEarly Childhood Education JournalTeaching MusicFlorida Music DirectorNebraska Music Educator; and Arts Education Policy Review. Dr. Gilbert's book, Music Educators Wanted! Ten Essential Qualifications for Success (Kendall Hunt), is intended for pre-service music educators and those aspiring to teach music. She has also presented research and practitioner sessions at professional conferences around the globe. Dr. Gilbert’s research interests include adapting music instruction for the 21st century, using technology to make education accessible and equitable for all students, increasing student motivation in school music programs, health and wellness in music education, 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.

Educational Background
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Educational Background

  • Bachelor's of Music in Music Education: Music Education, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Master's of Music in Music Performance: Saxophone Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music: Music Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln