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Department of Music Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

David Gadberry and Michael Olson to join University in August.

2015-05-15
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 5-15-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Two new faculty members with expertise and experience in music education and the music industry have joined the Department of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato. David Gadberry and Michael Olson will join the music department in August 2015.

“I am excited to welcome David Gadberry, who will bring new insights into our music education program," says John Lindberg, music department chair. "He will help our students as they learn to address the continually changing environment of K-12 education in Minnesota. David also has a background in music therapy, and plans to work with us to develop a curriculum appropriate for students who are seeking licensure in music therapy."

Music industry professor Tonya Butler added: “I look forward to the impact that Michael Olson’s extensive music business expertise and overall enthusiasm will have on our Music Industry Program and our students."

David Gadberry is an adjunct professor of music at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Previously, he was an assistant professor of music education at Central Michigan University, and he was a music specialist in Plano ISD, where he taught grades K-5.

Gadberry holds a doctorate in music education with a minor in music therapy from the University of Kansas. He has earned certification in both Kodály and Orff.

His research interests include folk music research, music in early childhood, inclusion of students with special needs in music classrooms, and behavior management in music education. He will serve as assistant professor of music education at Minnesota State Mankato and will be responsible for music theory, aural skills, and music education.

Michael James Olson is a composer, producer, and musician originally from Minnesota. Olson’s concert music has been performed throughout the world, including the International Computer Music Conference (New York), Beijing Science Museum (China), and the SEAMUS National Conference (Miami). Michael has received numerous awards including ASCAPLus Awards (2007-2015), Finalist for the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, and first prize at the Georgia Southern Research Awards.

Olson’s music, performance, and production can also be heard on more than 20 albums spanning the genres of folk to pop, on numerous record labels. His music has been featured in films and television, including programs on MTV, VH1, E!, Spike, ABC, NBC, PBS, and CBS. Olson worked on 32 Below’s “Every Little Thing About You,” which reached #66 on the iTunes Country Album Chart, and #70 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart.

Olson holds a master's of music degree from Georgia Southern University, and a doctorate from Ball State University where his composition teachers include John Thompson, Michael Pounds, and Keith Kothman. Olson will serve as assistant professor of music composition and music technology at Minnesota State Mankato and will be responsible for music theory, composition, and music industry classes.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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