​​Professor of Music Education, Director of Women’s Chorus

Alan Gumm

Alan Gumm is Professor of Music Education at Central Michigan University, where his responsibiliti​es 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 Col​lege. 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.


Contact Information

Email: alan.gumm@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1966
Room: MU 277

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