Dr. Tolbert received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 1997, the Master of Education in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in 1986, and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berry College in 1970.
Dr. Tolbert has twenty years of experience as an instrumental music educator teaching in Polk, Glynn, McIntosh and Oconee County schools before coming to GC. Dr. Tolbert continues to be an active performer around the state as a professional percussionist with orchestras such as the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Rome Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Bernadette Peters, Benny Goodman and others.
Honors include the Gene M. Simons Fellowship Award for musical and academic excellence given by the School of Music of the University of Georgia, Student Organization Advisor of the Year at Georgia College as the Sigma Alpha Iota women's music fraternity advisor and GC 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Tolbert also served as the Music Education Coordinator, CNAfME Advisor and Web Master for the department. She has served as Chair of the College division of the Georgia Music Educators Association. She is also the Webmaster for the NAfME: National Association for Music Education History Special Interest Research Group (HSRIG) and was recently elected as national chair of the HSRIG for 2014-2016. For a link to the History SRIG, click on hsrig.gcsu.edu.
Dr. Tolbert retired as Professor Emeritus from Georgia College in 2014.
Academic Department: Department of Music
College: College of Arts and Sciences