In this address, Connie McKoy challenges music educators to rethink what music education looks and sounds like, especially if we want to affirm the musical lives of all students and acknowledge their desire to use music as a means for personal and individual expression.
Connie McKoy is professor and director of undergraduate studies in the UNCG School of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses. She holds a BM in Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and MM and PhD degrees from UNCG. She has had 19 years of public school teaching experience as a general music teacher, choral director, and band assistant. Her research, which has been presented nationally and internationally, has focused on children’s world music preferences, music teachers’ cross-cultural competence, and culturally responsive pedagogy in music. Her work has been published in The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, and the International Journal of Music Education. She has served on the editorial review committee for the NAfME publication The Music Educators Journal and currently serves on the editorial committee for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She also co-authored Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application, published by Routledge. McKoy is an active clinician for state, regional, and national music education organizations, is Orff-certified, and is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. She is currently the chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.