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Brent C. Talbot

Professor, Head of Music

Courses Taught

  • MUS 101: Music Theory I
  • MUS 110: Convocation/Recital


Ph.D. in Music Education,
Master of Arts in Music Education, and Diploma in Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Bachelor of Music Education, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University


Brent C. Talbot has been a leading voice for change in the field of music education. A prolific author and frequent presenter, Talbot examines power, discourse, and issues of justice in varied settings for music learning around the globe. He is the editor of one of the bestselling books in music education, Marginalized Voices in Music Education (Routledge), the curator of an indigenous-centering resource, Gending Rare: Children’s Songs and Games from Bali (GIA), and co-author of the acclaimed book Education, Music, and the Lives of Undergraduates: Collegiate A Cappella and the Pursuit of Happiness (Bloomsbury).

Over the past decade Talbot has published over 30 articles and chapters with leading journals and publishing companies and has delivered over 140 presentations on topics that promote equity and inclusion and diversify approaches in music learning and teaching. He serves on the steering committees of leading national and international organizations in music education and on multiple research and editorial boards throughout the globe.

Prior to his appointment as Professor and Head of Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Talbot served twelve years as Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. During this period, he also served as Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, a 3rd through 12th grade justice-oriented choir serving the populations of South-Central Pennsylvania, and was Founding Director of Gamelan Gita Semara, an Indonesian instrumental ensemble that was frequently invited to perform at universities and music festivals around the world, including the acclaimed Bali Arts Festival in 2016.

A former middle and high school teacher, Talbot taught choir, band, and general music classes in the Rochester (NY) City School District and at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, where he served as chair of the music department.

For more information about Talbot and the work he does at the intersections of music education and ethnomusicology visit his website: