Associate Professor, Music History
Office: (478) 301-5518
Dr. Rios joined the faculty at the Townsend School of Music in Fall 2013. Before relocating to Macon, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she completed her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Musicology. Dr. Rios earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. In addition to her passion for teaching and research in higher education, she has had experience teaching in a variety of classroom settings, such as directing a middle school strings program; giving private lessons in violin, viola, cello, and piano; developing online courses in music theory and music appreciation; and leading classes in yoga and CrossFit. A violist, she has played with the Green Bay Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Long Bay Symphony. In her first year of teaching at Mercer University, she received the Townsend School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award. Her research interests include musical borrowing, vernacular traditions, hip hop, ethnography, and pedagogy. Dr. Rios has presented at the annual meetings of the Society for American Music, American Musicological Society-SE, College Music Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, Great Lakes History Conference, and the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association. As a program notes annotator, she writes for the Atlanta Chamber Players, the International Chamber Artists in Chicago, and the Fabian Concert Series at Townsend.