Lynda Laird is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is the recipient of the prestigious Hixon-Lied Fellowship. Lynda earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Hastings College in Nebraska, and her master’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ms. Laird taught middle school choral and general music in Bellevue, NE. She has conducted choirs of all ages, from children to adults, and has served as a choir director and organist for several churches in the Omaha area. Currently at UNL, she is the assistant conductor of the University Chorale, assists in teaching courses in music education and supervises practicum and student teachers in music education.
Ms. Laird’s teaching and research interests include the development of empathy through music making, individual differences in music learning, lifelong music making, and Universal Design for Learning in music classrooms.