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Laura Franklin, D.M.A.

Department Chair; Professor
Visual and Performing Arts

Office Hours

By appointment

Courses Taught

Percussion; Aural Skills; World Music


Doctor of Musical Arts, Percussion Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Master of Music, Musicology, New England Conservatory of Music

Master of Music, Percussion Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance, Texas Tech University

Research Interests

Biomechanics of Percussion Performance; Percussion Pedagogy; Vida Chenoweth and her Contributions to Marimba Performance, Linguistics and Ethnomusicology

Publications and Media Placements

  • Journal o f Percussion Pedagogy (peer reviewed)
  • "Rethinking Percussion Pedagogy for the 21st Century Learner" (2011) "A Life in Review: A Conversation with Vida Chenoweth" (2010) "Rudiments Revisited" (2008)
  • Percussive Notes (Percussive Arts Society Journal)
  • "PASIC Review: Scholarly Research Presentations" (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • "Mining for Gold: How to Conduct Scholarly Research" (March 2003) (peer reviewed)
  • North Carolina Music Educator (NC Music Educators Association Journal)
  • "Life on the Podium: How to Turn Your Drummers into Percussionists" (2002)

Professional Organizations and Associations

National Association of Schools of Music – IR1 2009 - 2015  Member, Board of Directors (2013-2015)
Chair, Region 7 (Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia), (2013-2015)    
Secretary, Region 7 (2012-2013)

Percussive Arts Society
- Member since 1987
President, North Carolina Chapter (2006-2010)
Vice-President, North Carolina Chapter (2002-2006)
Chair, Scholarly Research Committee (2002-2007)
Lead Reviewer, PAS On-Line Research Journal (2003-2007)

National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy
Board of Advisors (2000-present)

Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
Member since 2011

College Music Society
– Member since 1997

Community Work and Service

  • Parent Advisory Council – SSD/Brentwood Public Schools (2015 – present)
  • Transylvania County Arts Council (TCARTS) – Board Member (2011 – 2015)
  • Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra – Board Member (2010 – 2015)
  • Brevard Philharmonic Music in the Schools Program - programs for children in elementary school
  • Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church - Elected and Ordained Elder
  • Brevard Community Band - volunteer performer