Professor of Music Education, Director of Women’s Chorus
Alan Gumm is Professor of Music Education at Central Michigan University,
where his responsibilities include conducting Women’s Chorus, teaching music
education methods, choral literature, and graduate research courses, and
observing student teachers.
Gumm’s research and writing focus on music teacher/conductor effectiveness.
He is the author of two of the profession’s most comprehensive theories of
music instruction, described in his book Music
Teaching Style and in the December 2012 Music
Educators Journal article “Six Functions of Conducting.” His innovative
teaching methods are further represented in his book Making More Sense of How to Sing, his “speechless rehearsal” method
described in the January 2010 Choral
Journal, and in articles found in the Journal
of Research in Music Education, Bulletin
for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral
Journal, Visions of Research in Music
Education, and Southeastern Journal
of Music Education. He served as editor and contributing author to The Choral Director’s Cookbook and
contributing author to The Music
Director’s Cookbook, and serves on the Emerging Ensembles subcommittee
charged with writing new national standards in the arts.
Dr. Gumm has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence,
and his Women’s Chorus was recognized in Saginaw
News with comments about its “clear sound, excellent vocal technique and
magnificent tuning…musical lines [that] were beautifully shaped…expressive
singing at its finest.”
Dr. Gumm’s previous teaching experience includes public school choral and
general music teaching in Kansas and higher education teaching at the
University of Utah, Ithaca College in New York, and McPherson College in
Kansas. His conducting experience includes many U.S. and European choir tours
and clinics for choirs and small ensembles of all ages.
Gumm holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Utah, a Master of Music Degree from Fort Hays State University, and a Bachelor of Arts
from McPherson College. He is a member of American Choral Directors
Association, National Association of Music Education, Society for Research in
Music Education, and Society for Music Teacher Education.
Phone: (989) 774-1966
Room: MU 277
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