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Dr Petra Gelbart is a Romani educator, scholar, and musician.
She was first introduced to Romani music and language by her family while growing up in Czechoslovakia. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology/ethnomusicology at Harvard University and went on to co-found the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University.
Her research interests include interethnic communication, the psychology of music, the Holocaust, and institutional ethnography. She is currently teaching part-time at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Dr Gelbart is also a board-certified music therapist specialised in rehabilitative and developmental therapy.
In addition to practising in New York City, she works with Czech foster and adoptive families raising Romani children.
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