Brent C. Talbot is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where he teaches various courses in music education and supervises student teaching and research. Talbot is artistic director of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir and founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara. Prior to his appointments in Gettysburg, he taught courses and supervised student teachers at the University of Illinois and at the Eastman School of Music. Talbot was the founding director of the Young Children's Chorus and conductor of the New Horizons Choir at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. Talbot has taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Rochester City and Webster school districts in New York State and was the music department chair at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY.
Talbot’s research examines power, discourse, and issues of social justice in varied settings for music learning around the globe. His book, Finding a Way extends approaches in music education and ethnomusicology to develop a more flexible way of understanding and visioning music transmission – one that blurs boundaries between musics, ways of knowing music, and spaces where musicking takes place. He has published chapters in Envisioning Music Teacher Education (Rowman & Littlefield) and Music Education: Navigating the Future (Routledge), and has forthcoming chapters in Musicianship: Composing in the Choir (GIA) and Music Therapy Research, 3rd edition (Barcelona). Talbot also has published articles in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; Action, Criticism & Theory in Music Education; Visions of Research in Music Education; PMEA News; and the Illinois Music Educator. Talbot's forthcoming book, Gending Raré: Children's Songs and Games from Bali, beautifully portrays daily life in Bali through songs, games, artwork, and video.
Talbot is a member of the steering committee of the MayDay Group (an international organization of over 450 music educators) and is chair-elect of the Social Science Special Research Interest Group for the National Association for Music Education. Additionally, he serves on the research board for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Talbot is associate editor of the journal Action Criticism and Theory in Music Education and is on the editorial board for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has hosted and coordinated state and international conferences; most recently the MayDay Group Colloquium 27 in 2015 and Colloquium 26 in 2014 as well as PMEA District 7 teacher in-service day in 2011. Talbot also serves on the planning committee for the third symposium of Establishing Identity: LGBTO Studies in Music Education (2016).
As an artist-in-residence, Talbot has taught thousands of students around the country about Balinese music and dance. He is an active choral clinician who has conducted numerous county and district honor choirs as well as directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Chautauqua Institute. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international conferences, his areas of expertise include: discourse analysis; music identity; world and popular music pedagogies; teaching music through movement; and media and technology in the music classroom. Talbot performs piano, voice, saxophone, percussion, and gamelan, and was a former ballroom dancer and instructor for Arthur Murray. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in music education and a diploma in ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester as well as his B.M.E. in choral/general and instrumental music education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Additionally, he is certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk.