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Robert Clark

Assistant Professor of Music Education, Secondary Education

Robert Clark serves as assistant professor of instrumental music education in the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. His duties include teaching courses in instrumental music education pedagogy, conducting the University Concert Band, and supervision of student teachers.

Clark holds a PhD from Florida State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant for the Marching Chiefs, graduate and undergraduate courses in music education pedagogy, and administrator of the Tri-State Band Festival and Conducting Conference.

Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt, Clark was on the faculty of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga. At GSW, he was director of instrumental music education, conductor of the concert and pep bands, instructed courses in music education pedagogy, and taught trumpet studio lessons. Additionally, he has taught band, orchestra and chorus in the public schools of Duval County and Brevard County, Florida and Walker County, Georgia.

Clark's research interests include historical and philosophical approaches to music education, curriculum development, music pedagogy in low-socioeconomic communities, professional ethics, and music teacher training. His research has been published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music EducationInternational Journal of Research in Music Education, and Florida Music Director. He has presented research and educational clinics at regional and national venues including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the annual meeting of the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association.

In addition to his work as a researcher and educator, Clark is an active speaker, clinician and adjudicator.