Location: Michigan, USA
Alan Gumm, a native of central Iowa, has had a music teaching career spanning K-12 music in Kansas to higher education positions in Utah, New York, Kansas, and, since 2000, at Central Michigan University. Through his research and writing, he has helped expand and systematize choral and music education pedagogy with a theory of music teaching style (Music Teaching Style, Meredith Music, 2003), multisensory techniques for voice and choir (Making More Sense of How to Sing, Meredith Music, 2009), musical and technical sources of dynamics (article in Choral Journal, May 2003), and a "speechless rehearsal" method (article in Choral Journal, February 2010). His own choir was recognized in the Saginaw News for its "clear sound, excellent vocal technique and magnificent tuning...musical lines [that] were beautifully shaped...expressive singing at its finest." Gumm has been awarded numerous teaching excellence awards.