B.M., Vocal Performance and Music Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.M., Music History, Southern Illinois University; M.M. , Ethnomusicology
Rachel Brashier is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Originally from Illinois, she earned her Bachelors in Music Performance and Education at Eastern Illinois University and then taught K-12 music (general, vocal, and instrumental) full time in the Chicago area for over 12 years. She also holds Masters degrees in Musicology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in Ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music, and is completing her PhD in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently doing research in the areas of music teacher identity development, informal music learning, and embodied musiking in communities of praxis. Professor Brashier teaches elementary and secondary general and choral music methods and critical pedagogy courses, supervises student teachers and conducts a student teacher seminar, and is a NAfME Chapter advisor.
Professor Brashier is also a contralto and trained Greek Orthodox chanter who performs regularly. She has presented at the Narrative Inquiry in Music Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, the Society for Ethnomusicology Niagara Chapter Conference, the Feminist Theory in Music Conference, and the New York State School Music Association. She is regularly a clinician for middle and high school choirs, and has also conduced clinics for the Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians and at the PEAK festival for the Monroe County School Music Association in Upstate NY. She has been accepted to present at the Mountain Lake Conference and at the MayDay Conference in 2017. Professor Brashier holds the T. Temple Tuttle Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology), and has recently published in ACT (2016) and Ethnomusicology Review (2014).