Music professor elected to national board

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April 26, 2012

A Georgia College music professor has been elected national chair of the National Association for Music Education History Special Research Interest Group (HSRIG) of the National Association for Music Education.

Patti Tolbert Patti TolbertDr. Patti Tolbert, university music education professor, will serve a term from 2014-2016 as chair of the national organization.

The National Association for Music Education is the professional organization for music educators in the United States with more than 75,000 members.  It is one of the largest arts education organizations in the world.

As a member of the Georgia College Music department faculty, Tolbert teaches courses to both graduate and undergraduate students. Georgia College recognized her teaching talent in 2007 with an Excellence in Teaching Award.  She also is an active professional percussionist, performing with orchestras throughout the Southeast.

Tolbert has made presentations at Georgia Music Educators Association’s conferences, National Association for Music Education conferences and the International Society for Music Education conference in Beijing, China in 2010.  She continues to research the certification of music teachers as well as the history of music education and significant music educators in the United States.

Tolbert began her career as a middle school/high school band director. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. She also serves as webmaster for the NAfME History SRIG which is hosted by Georgia College (

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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