Title: Music Professor Emerita, Actress
Company: California State University
Location: Monrovia, California, United States
Lu Elrod, Music Professor Emerita, Actress at California State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music and psychology education.
Dr. Elrod has loved music for her entire life and has channeled this passion for the arts into all of her endeavors. Prior to accepting the title of Professor Emerita in 2003, she taught as a professor of music and music coach at California State University from 1978 to 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at that institution, she taught at the University of Maryland from 1972 to 1978. On top of her many dedicated years as an educator, Dr. Elrod has sung for the Dallas Opera and acted in a number of movies and television. Some of these credits include roles in blockbuster hits such as “The Big Lebowski,” “Freaky Friday” and “Beautiful.”
In preparation of this career, Dr. Elrod earned a MusB from Georgia State University in 1960. In 1970, she received a master’s in music education from the University of Georgia and a year later, Dr. Elrod earned an EdD from the institution. In 1975, Dr. Elrod earned a PhD at the University of London. Throughout her career, Dr. Elrod has received a number of awards for both her philanthropy and her work as an educator. She received a National Philanthropy Award in 2006 and was named to the Los Angeles Wall of Fame at California State University in 1993. That same year, she received a Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters award. In 1989, the Lu Elrod Scholarship was given in her name. She has also received a Leadership Development Award and Leadership Fellows Award from the Ford Foundation. She is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Guild of Variety Artists and the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists among other organizations.
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