Dr. Elizabeth Palmer

Elizabeth Palmer, D.M.A., is the founder of Modern Maestro, Inc., a non-profit offering enrichment programs and professional development for music students and teachers, as well as, fiscal sponsorship for school-based music programs. Most recently Dr. Palmer was an instrumental music teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and co-author of the middle school band and orchestra curriculum for the school district. Her research, which focuses on social and cultural capital, social justice, and culturally relevant/responsive pedagogies, has been presented at international and domestic conferences and published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Her most recent publication, Grounded Framework for Culturally Relevant and Responsive Music Teaching is now available at https://doi.org/10.1177/87551233211055815. Dr. Palmer is a Teachers Pay Teachers 2020 Teach for Justice grantee, and the Director for Diversity and Inclusion of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity.



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Music Education
Secondary Instrumental Methods


Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education — University of Southern California
Master of Science in Music Education — Towson University
Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology — Susquehanna University