Katherine Palmer, DMA

Curator of Education

Curatorial and Collections Department

Katherine Palmer oversees educational content at MIM, including field trips and MIMkids sequential educational programming. She holds a doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree as well as master of arts and master of music degrees from Arizona State University. Palmer was awarded the 2021 Gretsch Fellowship in Children’s Music at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College, where she is investigating how diverse music making and listening can promote empathy and cultural awareness.

An active performing musician in the Phoenix area, Palmer is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and music humanities at the Maricopa Community College and serves as a faculty associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She is the executive director of Daraja Music Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides music and conservation education in Moshi, Tanzania, during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Palmer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in clarinet performance with a minor in anthropology. She holds certifications from Musikgarten and Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA, Level 2).