Soojin Kim Ritterling

Voice / Music Education
240 Center for the Arts


Dr. Soojin Kim Ritterling is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she teaches general music methods classes in music education and supervises field experience. An applied vocal instructor, she also directs the UW-L Korean Percussion Ensemble and Women's Samulnori Ensemble.

 Prior to joining the faculty at UW-L in 2000, Dr. Ritterling taught "Music Play" program (for children from birth to age four) at the University of Southern Mississippi. She received a BM and MM in music education from the Korea National University of Education, and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation investigated the influence of sequential movement activities on young student's singing abilities.

 She previously taught general music classes, and served as a choir and band director in public schools in Korea. Besides teaching music, she has been involved in various musical fields. She has performed vocal recitals and choir concerts and served as an appointed referee for the weekly children's song contest of Korean Broadcasting System in Korea.

 A Fulbright Senior Scholar to South Korea from 2009 to 2010, her research interest focuses on the Korean traditional percussion music and incorporating Korean folk music into multicultural education fields. She is a Korean folk music enthusiast, having played traditional Korean instruments such as the gayageum (a 12-strined instrument), janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum), kkwaenggwari (a small gong), jing (a large gong), and buk (barrel drum). She has presented Korean music in state and national conferences such as in National Symposium on Multicultural Music and Music Educators' National Conference.

 She is a contributing author for the Korean music units in the Spotlight on Music textbook series by MacMillan/McGraw-Hill and in the Kaleidoscope of Cultures, the recent publication by MENC and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. As a former chair for Multicultural Education of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, she has written articles on music and movement development in preschool and elementary levels and multicultural music education as a columnist for the Wisconsin Music Teacher.

 Her professional affiliations include NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, College Music Society, The Gordon Institute for Music Learning, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.