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Elise Sobol, Adjunct Professor of Music Education

Elise Sobol

Adjunct Professor of Music Education

M.A. Music Education and Performance, Teachers College, Columbia UniversityEd.D. Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development, St. John's University


Dr. Elise S. Sobol, Adjunct Full Professor of Music Education, author/educator/pianist/speaker is recognized as an innovative, inspirational and instructional global leader in the field of music in special education. Grammy nominated music educator, Dr. Sobol has been acknowledged for her dedicated service as 2016 Music Educators Association of New York City (MEANYC) Honoree and for her distinguished leadership as Outstanding Professor of 2016 by Education Update. Dr. Sobol has served on the adjunct faculty of LIU Post since 1999 teaching music in special education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels along with thesis advisement. She has recently been appointed for the 2017-2018 academic year, Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Department of Music and Performing Arts Professors. Retired June 2016 from the Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School, she combines thirty-six years of music teaching experience, in both general and special education, preK-12 with a continuing active schedule of keynote presentations and workshops for professional teacher development at the state, national and international levels. Her published music research focuses on developmental/academic gain for students with significant disabilities. In April 2017 the third edition of her popular text, An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners was released by Rowman & Littlefield Education. Leadership service positions include New York State School Music Association Chairperson for Music for Special Learners and Portfolio Co-Chair of the Regents Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts; professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), PDK International, International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Conservatory trained in piano performance at the Mannes College of Music she has appeared in recitals and chamber music concerts, as vocal and instrumental accompanist and as soloist with orchestra, both here and abroad. Her academic credentials include a master of arts (M.A. ) in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University with an earned doctorate in education (Ed.D.) in instructional leadership and curriculum development from St. John's University, New York.