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Constance L. McKoy

Chair, Society for Music Teacher Education

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Connie McKoy is professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. A native of Fayetteville, NC, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and earned both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in music education from UNCG. For 19 years, she served the North Carolina public schools as a lead teacher, elementary general music teacher, and elementary, middle and high school choral director. Prior to her appointment at UNCG, she was visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Southern Mississippi where she directed the University concert choir and taught secondary choral methods.

Dr. McKoy’s research focuses on music teachers’ cross-cultural competence, and culturally responsive teaching in music. She has presented research papers and in-service clinics at state, national, and international music conferences, has Level III certification in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy and has taught recorder for Level I and II Orff training courses. Dr. McKoy has published in several professional journals including The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, and The International Journal of Music Education. She has served on the editorial committee of the Music Educators Journal and is currently on the editorial board of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She also co-authored the book Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application, recently published by Routledge. She has served as conductor/clinician for elementary, middle, and high school all-county choruses across North Carolina, and in 2010, she conducted the North Carolina All-State Middle School SSA Choir. In 2017, Dr. McKoy was an invited participant in the Sixth Biennial Yale Symposium on Music in Schools. She is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is currently the Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.