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Rosita Sands
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Rosita Sands

Rosita Sands


Professor, Associate Chair

Email: rsands@colum.edu

MA Humanities and Ethnomusicology
BME Music Education, Florida State University
MMEd and EdD Music Education, Columbia University


Rosita M. Sands, Professor of Music, and Associate Chair, teaches in the area of ethnomusicology, including a course on world music- cultures and an online course on African-American music.  Prior to joining the Music Department, she served as Associate Director and Director of the Center for Black Music Research and its remote site, the Alton Augustus Adams Music Research Institute, in St. Thomas, USVI.

Her research interests are the areas of African-American-Caribbean carnival traditions, multicultural music education, and the pedagogy of black music. Dr. Sands has contributed essays and chapters to Multicultural Perspectives in Music, Kaleidoscope of Cultures: A Celebration of Multicultural Research and Practice, Critical Issues in Music Education, and The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History.  She is also published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Black Perspective in Music, Black Music Research Journal, and Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education.

She has presented conference papers at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives in Sydney, Australia, the Caribbean Studies Association in Kingston, Jamaica, the International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation in Madrid, Spain, College Music Society, Society for American Music, and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Prior to her tenure at Columbia College, she served as Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Graduate Coordinator and Director of Music Education at California State University, Long Beach.

She previously served as the Higher Education Chair and President-Elect of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and Chair of the California Council for Music Teacher Education. She is a participant in the Caribbean Repatriation Program of the Association for Cultural Equity, Alan Lomax Archives.

Photo credit: Kyle Aaron Lacy BA ’07