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04-26-2014


Cumberlands honor retiree Gayle Majors

 


Williamsburg, KY.- On Thursday, April 24th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored retiree Gayle Majors at the 22nd Annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

In her 37 years at Cumberlands, Gayle Majors, Associate Professor of Music, taught piano and music education and helped restructure the Class Piano curriculum to facilitate development of crucial skills for music leaders.

With her background in the Orff-Schulwerk approach to elementary school music, she led workshops on adapting it for American schools. Her “Rhythmic Speech Chants” are published in Keeping Up with Orff-Schulwerk in the Classroom. She also developed a pre-student teaching lab incorporating materials and methods from the Orff approach and the Kindermusik for the Young Child program to give her students practical experience in the general music classroom.

Trained in keyboard performance, Gayle is well known for her solo piano and organ appearances throughout southeast Kentucky. She assisted in student, faculty, church and Fine Arts Association concerts as well as various convocations, graduations, campus ceremonies, musical theatre, and Hanging of the Green programs. She has adjudicated piano festivals for school and church conferences and made presentations for church music leadership conferences. As organist for Corbin’s First Baptist Church since 1984, she regularly composes/arranges music for worship. She maintained a private home studio for many years.

A board member of the Southeastern Kentucky Fine Arts Association for 14 years, she served as college representative, president, and secretary. In 2009 she joined a barbershop chorus in Lexington, became assistant director in 2012 and was named “Sweet Adeline of the Year.”

Regarding her career, Gayle reflects, “At Cumberlands I took a genuine interest in developing and refining my courses. The faculty and students in our small classes made it worthwhile–it felt like family. I will miss the people I have worked with and guided over the years.”

Although limited by her medical condition, she hopes to revive her hobby of Cowboy Action Shooting. Known under the alias, “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang,” she has won several state titles in her division.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.