Dr. Valerie Trollinger
Dr. Valerie Trollinger earned advanced degrees in Music Education and Music Performance in Bassoon from Indiana University (Bloomington), with advanced studies in Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, and Instructional Systems Technology. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Music at Kutztown University of PA. Prior to Kutztown, she taught at several other universities in the eastern USA, including Indiana University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A specialist in both instrumental and vocal music, Dr. Trollinger has taught methods courses ranging from early childhood and elementary general music to secondary choral and instrumental music, all reflected from her 12 years of public school experience teaching grades K-12 in Southeastern Pennsylvania. At the graduate level, she has taught courses in Psychology of Music, Acoustics of Music, Curriculum, and Instructional Technology. Dr. Trollinger's research interests include the physiological development of the voice and bilingualism in relationship to singing, vocal anthropology, performing arts health, and the effective application and design of music education technology programs. She has presented her research and papers, both psychological and philosophical, at national conferences and international symposiums in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, and Greece, and serves as a member of the Vocal Health committee for the Health Promotion in Schools of Music project. She has published studies and articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Philosophy of Music Education Review, The Music Educator's Journal, authored two books on technology in music education, contributed a chapter on Singing in John Flohr's "The musical lives of young children," published by Prentice-Hall, and also coauthored "Music in elementary education," also published by Prentice-Hall.
As a professional bassoonist, she is currently the Principal Bassoonist and a member of the Education Committee for the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras. She is an active chamber musician as well, currently as a member of the 'Fyve" Woodwind Quintet and other groups. She has been a student of Bernard Garfield, Kim Walker, Ryohei Nakagawa, and Sidney Rosenberg.
B.M.E. - Susquehanna University, 1982
M.M. - Indiana University (Bloomington), 1984
D.M.E. - Indiana University (Bloomington), 2001.