Anita Kumar comes to Georgia State University from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Music Education and a senior member of the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture, and Learning. She also served as Editorial Assistant to the Journal of Research in Music Education from 2015-2017. Ms. Kumar was appointed the first assistant director of the Around the Sound Community Band, a 20-year community institution in North Seattle. She is actively sought as a clinician and adjudicator, and as a professional development facilitator for pre-service and in-teachers. Prior to moving to Seattle, Ms. Kumar served as band director at Landmark and Melvin E Sine elementary schools, and instrumental music lead teacher in the Glendale Elementary School District in Glendale, Arizona. She earned her Master of Music Education degree from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Miami University (Ohio.) Ms. Kumar’s research interests include psychosocial perceptions of teachers and conductors in large ensembles, audiovisual perception of conducting gesture, and evaluation methods of preservice teachers. Ms. Kumar’s research is published in Frontiers in Psychology.