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Kristen Kuder Lynch


Kristen Kuder Lynch is a dedicated music educator and researcher with a deep love for teaching music. With a wealth of experience in the field, Kristen spent 20 years teaching elementary music in public schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Georgia. She enjoys creating engaging and interactive music lessons that inspire young minds to explore the world of melody, rhythm, and harmony. She believes that early exposure to music can have a profound impact on a child’s development, fostering creativity, cognitive skills, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Dr. Lynch ‘s research interests center around culturally responsive pedagogy and music teacher identity development. Her research endeavors to cultivate the understanding of the intricate connections between culture, identity, and musical instruction in order to foster inclusive and equitable music education practices. Her research has been presented at both state and national levels, including the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and the National Association for Music Education national conference.

Dr. Lynch holds both a master’s and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Georgia. She currently teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Dr. Lynch has completed Level II Orff training and holds certificates for Conversational Solfège Levels 1 and 2. She is a member of GMEA, AOSA, Feierabend Association of Music Education, OAKE, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Pi Honor Society. When not teaching, Kristen enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring new things! She resides in Athens with her loving husband, Michael, their two sons, Parker and Zachary, and their three beloved dogs, Charlie, Ella, and JJ.

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