|Assistant Professor of Music Education|
|Raley Chapel, 129|
|OBU Box 61184|
|500 W. University|
|Shawnee, OK 74804|
Dr. Casey L. Gerber is coordinator of music education at OBU. He teaches methods courses, supervises student teachers and conducts the Concert Choir and Discovery Singers in the OBU Preparatory Program. In addition to his duties at OBU, he teaches folk song research in the summer Kodály Program at the University of Oklahoma. Gerber previously taught at the University of Mississippi and prior to that taught elementary music in the El Reno, OK public school system.
A native of Weatherford, OK, Gerber holds the B.M.E. from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the Master of Music degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He has completed level I training in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and level III training in the Kodály method of music education at the University of Oklahoma. Gerber was given the Alexander Ringer Award for doctoral research by the Organization of American Kodály Educators in 2011 for his dissertation entitled, “Ear Training and Music Reading Methods Used by Philip C. Hayden: Music Literacy Through Rhythm Forms.” He was named "Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Music" at the University of Mississippi in 2008, named "Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Education" at the University of Mississippi in 2007, and nominated for a 2006 Faculty Service Award at the University of Mississippi.
He has published articles on a variety of topics in music education and has presented papers and music education workshops throughout the United States. His research areas are the history of music education in the United States and self-observation during teacher preparation.
- B.M.E., Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- M.M., Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- Ph.D., University of Mississippi
Selected Publications and/or Professional Activities:
“Sterrie A. Weaver (1853–1904): His Influence on American Music Education at the Turn of the Twentieth Century " in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, (in publication, April 2013).
"A Comparison of the Teaching Philosophy and Methods of Philip C. Hayden and the Kodály Approach" in Kodály Envoy, Winter 2011.
“Benefits of Folk Songs in the Elementary Music Classroom” in The Orff Echo, Spring 08.
“Does Music Study Make You Smarter? A Review of Research” in Oklahoma Music, Spring 06.