Gilberto D. Soto, Ph.D. is currently Professor of Music Education/Guitar at Texas A&M International University where he teaches early childhood, elementary and secondary bilingual music education courses. He also supervises the guitar and bass studios and directs the “TAMIU Guitar Ensemble”. In addition, Dr. Soto is the owner/director of “Soto Academy of Music”, a music studio for children ages 2-18 years old and in which his university students are trained and use as a teaching lab in preparation for their education careers.
Dr. Soto is the author of the bilingual books “Fiesta de Canciones” (Primary and Intermediate Levels), co-author of “Multilevel Strategies for English Language Learners”, co-author of the national music series “Spotlight on Music”, co-author of the national reading series “Treasures/Tesoros” and “Wonders/Maravillas”, and song arranger for the National Mathematics Series and the DLM Early Childhood Express, all published by McGraw-Hill Education. Dr. Soto is also the author of “Music of our World: Mexico”, published by Hal Leonard Music Corporation, and has written several articles to “Music Express”, reviewed elementary music education textbooks, and received many awards for his contributions to bilingual music education, especially in under priviledge school communities as well as many awards as a higher educator instructor and guitar performer.
He holds a BA degree in Education from Universidad Autonoma del Noreste, a BA in Music from Abilene Christian University, plus a M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Soto travels extensively offering hands on clinics and lectures in bilingual music education, plus flamenco and classical guitar concerts throughout the United States, Central and South America, plus recently in Spain and at the Middle East.