Visiting Professor of Music Education
Office Location: FAC 256
Dina Alexander came to Drake University from Rochester, N.Y., where she completed a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, and taught at Roberts Wesleyan College. Prior to completing the degree at Eastman, Dina taught instrumental music to beginning through advanced public school students. The extraordinary musical achievements demonstrated by Dina’s elementary students garnered attention and admiration from music educators at home and abroad. Dr. Alexander’s groundbreaking doctoral dissertation, Intrinsic Motivation in Collegiate Secondary Music Instrument Class, united exciting new research in motivation with research in music teaching and learning. Expert in instrumental music teaching and learning, and intrinsic motivation in music education, Dr. Alexander presents workshops around the world and spends a portion of each summer teaching music educators in the Tuscany region of Italy.
A trumpet player since the age of 8, Dina grew up in a musical family surrounded by the sounds of Dixieland and jazz. She is married to Bruce, also a trumpet player, with whom she recorded a cd of classical trumpet and organ selections titled, “Celebrate.” Together they share their love of music, art, camping, and their golden retriever, Quincy.