Brent C. Talbot is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Prior to joining the conservatory, Dr. Talbot served as Visiting Instructor in Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught middle and high school music in the Rochester (NY) City and Webster (NY) public school districts and was former Coordinator of Music at Polytechnic Preparatory Day School in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Talbot earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Education, as well as a Diploma in Ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and earned his B.M.E. from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In addition, he is certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk.
Dr. Talbot is Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir in Gettysburg, PA and was former Director of the Eastman Young Children's Chorus and Eastman New Horizons Choir in Rochester, NY. As an artist-in-residence, he has taught over 1500 students how to play gamelan in numerous school districts. He is an active clinician at many county and district honor choirs and has taught and directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Chautauqua Institute. A frequent clinician and presenter at regional, state, and national conferences, his areas of expertise include: world and popular music pedagogy; gamelan; discourse analysis of music learning settings; music identity; teaching music through movement; urban music education; and popular media and technology in music education.
Dr. Talbot’s current research involves using discourse analysis and other ethnographic and qualitative approaches to examine varied settings of music learning in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Finding a Way and co-author of Empowermusictech, an online textbook on technology and media for enhancing music instruction. Dr. Talbot is also published in the Bulletin for the Council of Research on Music Education, Action Criticism and Theory in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, PMEA News, and in the Illinois Music Educator. Brent is a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Homosexuality and on the editorial advisory board of ACT: Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education. He is a founding partner of Talbot & Piazza, a music education resource and media corporation based in New York State. Brent serves on the steering committee for the MayDay Group and is a former ballroom dance instructor with Arthur Murray. Dr. Talbot is an active member of the MayDay Group, NAfME, PMEA, ACDA, and AOSA.