The Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar-Artist Series

Seminar Speaker Dr. Constance McKoy
Dr. Constance McKoy

The 2019 distinguished scholar-artist is Dr. Constance McKoy, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the UNCG School of Music at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC.

Date & Time:

Sunday, July 14, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Free and open to the public. A reception will follow Dr. McKoy's presentation.


University of St. Thomas
Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105

The 2019 distinguished scholar-artist is Dr. Dr. Constance McKoy, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the UNCG School of Music at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Music Classroom

Becoming a cross-culturally competent music teacher goes directly to the heart of what it means to be an educator who recognizes and values pertinent the diverse cultural knowledge bases and experiences that students bring to bear in the music learning process. Identifying those factors in our own work helps us to cultivate the critical knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for cross-cultural competence in music teaching so we can provide effective, meaningful, and culturally viable music instruction for all students. This seminar focus on four facets of culturally responsive teaching in the music classroom: (1) Knowing yourself, (2) knowing your students, (3) creating a supportive learning environment, and (4) making program and curricular choices that are responsive to culture. It is the intent of this seminar to help music educators use these facets as a tool to teach more effectively.

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 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. Dr. McKoyis co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application, published by Routledge. She is an active clinician for state, regional, and national music education organizations, is certified in Level III of Orff Schulwerk pedagogy and has taught recorder for Levels I-III. She is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.