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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Gayla Kobialka

Dr. Gayla Kobialka



238 Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2012

Assistant Professor


  • D.M.A. Music Education; Shenandoah University
  • M.M. Piano Pedagogy; Wichita State University
  • B.M. Piano Pedagogy; Wichita State University

Courses Taught

  • Class Piano
  • Methods in Elementary School Music
  • General Music Methods
  • Principals of Music Education
  • Music in the Elementary School
  • American Popular Music

Academic Interests

  • Arts Integration
  • Use of Handchimes in the Elementary General Music

Scholarly Activity

  • The Civil War and American Art: Teacher’s Guide (Smithsonian American Art Museum); Contributor
  • Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference
    • Presented Rhythm and Handchimes: Make the Connection. Norfolk, VA; November, 2010
  • Collegiate Conference of the Virginia Music Educators Association (CCVMEA)
    • Presented: The Use of Handchimes in the General Music Classroom. Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA; February, 2009            
    • Presented: Arts Integration. Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA; February, 2008
  • Handbell Musicians of America Area III Youth Festival
    • Presented: Rockin’ and Ringin’ the Blues All the Bell Tables are a Stage. Richmond, VA; November, 2007

Other Professional Experiences

  • Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) Certificate of Study in Arts Integration. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC (2012, 2011, 2009, 2006)
  • The National Association for Music Education: NAfME
    • Society for Research in Music Education
    • Society for Music Teacher Education
  • TI:ME: Technology for Music Education
  • American Orff Schulwerk Association: AOSA


Professional Recording