Rachel Gerwig, M.A.
Music Lecture

Steffen Music Center



A native of eastern Indiana, Rachel began her teaching career in the high school and collegiate marching arts, serving as a percussion instructor for ten years. While studying the history of western music, Rachel expanded her teaching expertise as a graduate assistant under Professor Emeritus Dr. James Briscoe at the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University. Her passion for world music took Rachel across the world to New Zealand, where she prepared research for her master thesis over Māori welcoming music and accomplished her dream to visit Hobbiton. Another stop on her “world tour” is the Take Me There: China gallery at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she serves as the Interpretation Humanities Coordinator. As an educator of all ages within performing, academic, and museum realms, Rachel facilitates learning with the intention of building connections and understanding in her students.


  • Master of Music, Music History, 2015, Butler University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Music with Honors, 2013, Butler University

Courses taught

  • MUS 348A Music History 1


  • Society for Ethnomusicology
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Music Society
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
  • IFSA-Butler Global Ambassador

Publications and presentations

  • Gerwig, Rachel. “STOMP: Traditions in Found Percussion and Creativity.” Clowes Memorial Hall Pre-Performance Presentation, 2016.
  • Gerwig, Rachel. “Kia Ora! Māori Welcome and the Music of the Pōwhiri.” Master of Music Thesis, Butler University, 2015.
  • Reed, Heather Gregg. “IFSA-Butler Alumni, Services, and a Continued Experience: IFSA-Butler 25th Anniversary.” Guest speaker. National Advisors Council (NAC) Conference, 2014.
  • Bartzis, Opal Leeman, Teresa Smiley, and Emily Gorlewski. “They Speak English Too, So How Difference Can it Be? Advising on Differences in Academic Cultures.” Rachel Gerwig, guest speaker. National Association of Foreign Affairs (NAFSA): Association of International Educators Conference, 2013.

Can't Find What You're Looking For?

Search for it.