Jesse Rathgeber is a Ph.D. student in Music Education at Arizona State University. Prior to this, Jesse taught K-5 general music at Kildeer Countryside School District 96 in Long Grove, Illinois, where he also directed a 4-5 chorus, 2-5 Rhythm Band, and a 3-5 Young Composers Club. He also taught K-12 general music, band, and chorus at DeLand-Weldon Community Unit School District 57 in DeLand, Illinois. Jesse received his Bachelor of Music Education in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in 2012.
Jesse has a strong passion for fostering creative and critical thinking in every aspect of a student’s music education, from composing to improvising, from listening to interacting with technology. His research interests include creativity, composition, critical disability theory, critical pedagogy, and technology. Jesse is a co-author of Accessing Music.