Title: Music Educator (Retired)
Location: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
Robert W. Surplus, Music Educator (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of music education.
Having retired in 1994 with almost 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Surplus began his career as a student, earning a Bachelor of Science from Susquehanna University in 1945. He completed additional coursework at Columbia University, obtaining a Master of Arts in 1947 and an EdD in 1968. Dr. Surplus entered his professional career as a music teacher, working in Mineola, New York from 1945 to 1946, and in Butler, New Jersey from 1946 to 1947. He became a music supervisor in Red Lion, Pennsylvania from 1947 to 1956, when he took on the role of an associate professor at Shippensburg State University.
Dr. Surplus also found success in the positions of a music teacher at Fox Lane School, an instructor at Columbia University, and an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Afterward, he assumed the position of a music professor at Eastern Kentucky University and remained in the post until his retirement. Moreover, Dr. Surplus contributed his expertise as a research chairman for the Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference from 1973 to 1975 and as a consultant for the National Association of Junior Colleges from 1973 to 1975.
A former president of the Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education, Dr. Surplus has also been an active member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, from which he has received a Distinguished Service Award and a citation for service. Dedicated to making quality music education as available as possible, Dr. Surplus has created many brochures on the subject in cooperation with the American Association for Counseling and Development, The American Association of School Administrators, The National Assembly of Local and State Art Agencies, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, The National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and The American School Board Association. Moreover, he is the author of “Follow the Leader,” “The Alphabet of Music,” “The Beat of the Drum,” and “The Story of Musical Organizations.” Looking ahead, Dr. Surplus sees the changes in his field and advises newcomers to have determination and to stick to their teaching principles.
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