Visiting Lecturer

Elizabeth “Betsy” Keithcart joined the Conservatory in 2018. She received her BA in Humanities with a minor in Music and a multiple subject teaching credential from CSU Chico. She earned her MA in Education from Fresno Pacific University with a concentration in integrating mathematics and science. During her 15-year career in public education, Betsy taught elementary students in the Central Valley, wrote curriculum materials, and served as the state consultant in environmental education for the California Department of Education.

Betsy entered Pacific’s music therapy and doctoral programs to learn more about music’s effects in teaching and learning. After completing her internship at the Yountville Veterans Home and Hospital, she became a Board Certified Music Therapist in 2007. She earned her doctoral degree in education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008. Her dissertation, Dickinson Tributaries in the Watershed of Music Education: Martha Dickinson Bond (1856-1936) and Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969), explored music education history through multiple generations of her family.

Dr. Keithcart has served as the assessment coordinator for the Benerd School of Education and as a member of the Board of Institutional Reviewers for the California Commission on Teacher Education. She is an instructor for Pacific’s teacher education, music education, and doctoral programs and is writing a series of historical novels based on her research.


BA, CSU Chico
MA, Fresno Pacific University
EdD, University of the Pacific