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Innovative Percussion - Artist Bio - Robert Damm
Mississippi State University
Robert J. Damm (Ph. D. University of North Texas 98) has taught at Mississippi State University since 1995.
previous teaching experience includes public school band directing in the Krum, TX Independent School District
(94), the Burleson, TX Independent School District
(93), and the Dallas City/Laharpe, IL School Systems (87-90) as well as university instructing at Tarleton State University
in Stephenville, TX (92-94).
Highlights of his
continued education include Orff-Schulwerk Level II training at Belmont University
(07), attending the American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference (05), attending the National Symposium on Multicultural Music (04), study of African music and dance in Ghana (04), attending the Kosa International Percussion Workshop & Festival (03), and study of Cuban music and dance in Havana, Madruga, and Matanzas, Cuba (02).
recent honors include the Mississippi Alliance For Arts Education Excellence in Higher Education Award
(2007), the College of Education Clyde Muse Service Award
(2005), the Ward-Stewart Outstanding Artistic Contributor of the Year
Award (2005), the Sigma Alpha Iota Distinguished Member; Friend of the Arts (2005) and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
He has served as faculty advisor to MENC-MSU Chapter (2002-present), presenter for the John K. Bettersworth Leadership Lecture Series (1997-present), on the Board of Directors for the MS Alliance for Arts Education (2001-2003), and as President of the Percussive Arts Society, MS Chapter (1997).
Since 1990, he
has presented hundreds of workshops for area children on topics including the Celebration
of African Heritage, American Indian Music, African Drumming & Story Telling, Brazilian Drumming & Dance, Drum circles, Improvisation, Caribbean Music, and Musical Concepts.
refereed journal publications are "Education through Collaboration: Learning the Arts while Celebrating Culture" in Music Educators Journal
(Nov. 06); "Gareth Farr's
Kembang Suling: Three Musical Snapshots of Asia" Percussive Notes (Feb. 06); "Adventures in Samba With Carnaval in Sao Paulo" The Instrumentalist (Sept. 04); "Do You Udu?