Arts in Education

Dr. Donald L. Gephardt, Rowan University


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            Professor of Music and Dean Emeritus

College of Fine and Performing Arts

            Rowan University

            201 Mullica Hill Road

            Glassboro, NJ 08028


Donald L. Gephardt is Professor of Music and Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.  He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School, New York, and the Ed.D. in Music Education from Washington University, St. Louis.  He studied the clarinet with Earl Bates of the St. Louis Symphony, Robert McGinnis of the N.Y. Philharmonic and Augustin Duques of the NBC Symphony.  Previously he taught instrumental music in the public schools on Long Island at both the elementary and high school levels and at Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY where he was Dean of Instruction.  

As a performer he has been a member of several orchestras including the Des Moines Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Long Island Symphony.

Current participation in professional organizations includes Young Audiences, Inc., the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey (Past-President), the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (Past President), The Philadelphia Arts Education Partnership (Secretary) and the Arts Education Partnership (member, Steering Committee). 


Key responsibilities


            Currently, I teach courses in Music Theory, Music Appreciation and Applied Clarinet

            My current research interest centers on Emotion and its relation to the arts and in the improvement of Arts Education at all levels


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Favorite Links


maizbu1     Americans for the Arts                                 

maizbu1    The Arts Education Partnership                 

maizbu1     The National Endowment for the Arts     

         The Philadelphia Arts Education Partnership

       The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership



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Contact Information

E-mail address

Web address

Office phone

856.256.4500 ext. 3581


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Current Projects


maizbu1    To Move Forward - A Plan for Arts Education

maizbu1    Emotion: Our Primary Way of Knowing 


  • Arts Education
  • Clarinet Performance
  • Clarinet Pedagogy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Learning Theory
  • Epistemology

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Biographical Information

Donald L. Gephardt


EdD        Washington University

                                MS          Juilliard School

                                BS           Juilliard School

                                BME      Drake University


Administrative Experience


1990 – 2007         Dean, College of Fine and Performing Arts,   Rowan University

1983 – 1990         Dean of Instruction, Nassau Community College

1977 – 1983         Chair, Music Department, Nassau Community College


Teaching Experience


                                1990 – present     Professor of Music, Rowan University

                                1970 – 1983         Nassau Community College

                                1967 – 1970         W.C. Mepham High School, Bellmore, NY

                                1962 -  1967         Wantagh Public Schools, Wantagh, NY


Selected Recent Publications and Presentations


Gephardt, Donald L., Presentation: Update on - To Move Forward, National Meeting of the Arts Education Partnership, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2003


Gephardt, Donald L., Presentation on Arts Core Content Standards, Gloucester County Teacher Professional Development Program, Williamstown, NJ, November 10, 1999


Gephardt, Donald L., Presentation to Music Faculty – New Jersey Core Content Standards and Assessments, Washington Township Schools, Sewell, NJ, June 1999.


Gephardt, Donald L., Creativity as a Subversive Activity, Occasional Papers: On Creativity in the Arts, Rowan College of New Jersey, Vol. 2, Fall, 1992


Gephardt, Donald L., Presentation: Ann Arbor III - Music Perception & Creativity

New York State School Music Association Annual Conference, Kiamesha Lake, NY, November 30, 1982


Professional Organizations and Societies


Past President, International Council of Fine Arts Deans


Board Treasurer, Philadelphia Arts Education Partnership– 2004 to date


Member – Commission to revise the K–12 Arts Core Content Standards, New Jersey State Department of Education, 2003


Member - Program Committee and Certification Committee, Young Audiences, Inc.  New York, NY 2001 - present


Steering Committee, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership


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Last revised: April 14, 2008