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Rachel Nardo

Professor, Elementary Music Education
The Beverely Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education 

DMA University of Southern California
MS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
BA California State University, Northridge

Phone: 801-585-0102
Office: DGH 308
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Prior to joining the faculty at Utah in 2007, Dr. Nardo served on the music faculties at Indiana University (IUPUI), San Francisco State University, and Pasadena City College. She is past co-chair of the MENC SRIG in Early Childhood Music and a former Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Development Program at the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at SFSU. Nardo also taught Pre-K through 6th grade general and choral music for 10 years. These varied experiences informed her interest in research related to uses of technology in early childhood and music teacher education. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics.

Recent Publications:

Nardo, R. (In press, 2010). Design Your Own Opera – Online!. General Music Today. Sage.

Nardo, R., Persellin, D., & Kenney, S. (2010). Assessment Tools in Early Childhood Music. Proceedings of the ISME Early Childhood Commission Conference, Beijing Normal University. July 2010. Poster.

Nardo, R., Persellin D., & Kenney, S. (2010). Assessment Tools in Early Childhood Music. Proceedings of the ISME 29th World Conference, Beijing. August 2010. Poster.

Nardo, R. & Persellin, D. (2010). Assessment of Singing in Early Childhood: Why, What, & How? Proceedings of the ISME 29thWorld Conference, Beijing. August 2010. Abstract of spoken paper.

Choe, E.J., & Nardo, R. (April, 2010). Technology in the piano lab: Band-in-a-Box. General Music Today, 23(4), 48-50. Sage.

Nardo, R. (2010, January). Got Rhythm? Get RockBand!. General Music Today, 23 (2), 38-39. Sage.

Nardo, R. (2009, October). Enhanced Podcasting with GarageBand.General Music Today. 22(3), 23-27. Sage.

Nardo, R with James Catterall, et al. (2010). Team Writing Project for the State of California Visual and Performing Arts Preschool Framework Volumes I and II- under revision.

Nardo, R. (2009, March). A New Role for Music Technology: Enhancing Literacy. General Music Today, 22, (2), 32-34. Sage Publications.

Nardo, R. (2008 October). Technology in the preschool? Absolutely!General Music Today, 22, (1), 38-39. Sage Publications.

Nardo, R., & Persellin D. (2008, February). Developmentally Appropriate Assessment in Early Childhood Music. Desert Skies Symposium

Nardo, R., Custodero, L, Fox, D., & Persellin, D. (2006). Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Report on Early Childhood Music Education in the United States to Journal of Research in Music Education.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Education
  • General Music Methods
  • Creative Connections in Music
  • Ensemble Conducting
  • Psychology of Music
Last Updated: 8/22/18