Eric Rasmussen, PhD in Music Education, chairs the Peabody Preparatory’s Early Childhood Music department and is a music specialist at two Hopkins-affiliated early childhood learning centers. Rasmussen presents at regional, national, and international conferences including for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), the Zero To Three Annual Conference, and the Maryland State Department of Education Early Childhood Research Forum. He is currently performing research in music aptitude and has specialized in the Music Learning Theory of Edwin Gordon, preeminent researcher and author in music education, with whom he studied for four years at Temple University. Rasmussen is a co-recipient of the Preparatory 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. He plays trumpet in several bands and composes and curates music for babies and young children.