Rebecca L. Tast joined the Texas State University School of Music Faculty in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Music Education with an emphasis in String Music Education. Dr. Tast completed her B.M.E at The University of Kansas, M.M.E at Wichita State University, and Ph.D. in Music Education at The University of Kansas.
Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Tast taught 6th-12th grade strings and orchestra in South Central Kansas. She was named Outstanding Young Educator in 2011 by The Kansas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Tast also served as adjunct cello professor at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where she also co-founded and directed the Southwestern College Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra.
As an active researcher, Dr. Tast has presented her work at conferences for the National Association for Music Education, the American String Teachers Association, the International Society of Music Education, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Kansas Music Educators Association. Dr. Tast has published in the String Research Journal and the American String Teacher, and her current research focuses on string pedagogy for the beginning-level heterogeneous string class, history of string music education, and cello pedagogy.
At Texas State University, Dr. Tast teaches undergraduate course including string techniques, band and orchestra methods, and orchestra literature. Graduate level courses include research methods, psychology of music, and independent study topics that serve the interests of individual students. Dr. Tast also serves as the String Music Education Specialist for the Texas State String Project, is a co-advisor for the Texas State University Student ASTA Chapter, and she conducts the Encore Orchestra at the annual Texas State String Camp.