Rebecca Rinsema


 Lecturer of Music in General Studies
 Office: Bldg. 37, Room 227
 Phone: 928-523-3936

MA Music, Northeastern Illinois University
PhD Music, University of South Florida

Rebecca Rinsema, PhD, is author of the book Listening in Action: Teaching Music in the Digital Age (Ashgate/Routledge, 2017) and forthcoming chapter on hermeneutics and popular music education in Coming of Age: Popular Music in Academia (Maize, 2017). Her research relates to music listening technology and experience, enactive perception, popular music, and pedagogy. As a singer, she specializes in performing early music. Dr. Rinsema joined the music faculty at NAU as Lecturer of Music in General Studies in 2013 and teaches courses on popular music and music experience.

Prior to her post at NAU, Rinsema studied vocal pedagogy and performance at Northeastern Illinois University, musicology at Cornell University, and music education at the University of South Florida (USF). She received a PhD in music from USF in 2012.

Dr. Rinsema has presented her research at a variety of academic conferences across the US, Europe, and Canada, among them: Symposium on the History of Music Education, Suncoast Music Education Conference, the International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education, New Directions in Music Education, and May Day Colloquium. She has given guest lectures at Cornell University, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, and University of South Florida.

Rinsema has recorded and performed with the early music groups Mignarda and Florida Pro Musica works by Josquin, Guerrero, and Palestrina, among others. She was a also a soloist and member of the Cornell University Chamber Singers. In 2016, she performed the soprano role in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with fellow NAU faculty members.

Dr. Rinsema regularly teaches the following courses:

  • MUS293 Experiencing Music in the Digital World
  • MUS294 Birth and Development of Rock Music
  • MUS295 The Cultural Study of Popular Music