Dr. Julia Gaines

Dr. Julia Gaines joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies.  She received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s degree as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor’s degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She has been a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for twenty years and recently served one term as the Secretary of the Executive committee.   In August 2010, she became an Associate Editor for Percussive Notes, the official publication of PAS, with the primary responsibility of Review Editor.   She has performed as a soloist or chamber musician in Europe, Russia, Japan, South America, and all over the United States.  She gave her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2008 with a piece she commissioned for marimba and electronic sounds.

            Her interest in commissioning new, intermediate four-mallet marimba music as well as her passion for helping teachers lead her to another stage in her career.  In 2007, she began the process of creating a matrix from which to objectively analyze the technical and musical attributes of a four-mallet marimba piece.  After three years of revising this matrix, she now has a large number of pieces organized into ten pedagogically sequential levels for the beginning marimbist through the professional player.  Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 is Dr. Gaines first book to be published as a result of this research.  It is her hope that this is the first of a ten-volume method series.

            Dr. Gaines proudly endorses Vic Firth Mallets and Sticks, Pearl/Adams Drums and Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.