Symposium: Music Education at DePaul University
12:00PM, Friday, November 9, 2018
Join us for a series of performances and plenary sessions, highlighted by a keynote from Dr. Constance McKoy, Director of Undergraduate Studies at UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. McKoy will draw on her vast body of research to share ideas on culturally responsive music education in a changing world.

Combined Orchestra Clinic with Cliff Colnot

Instrumental Rehearsal A (C109)
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Northside College Prep Strings, under the direction of alumnus Leo Park (BM ’00), will join together with the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra, under the direction of alumnus Dana Green (BM ’04), for a combined orchestra clinic led by DePaul Symphony Orchestra conductor, Cliff Colnot. While participation in this clinic is limited to the students of these ensembles, members of the public are welcome to attend and observe as space permits.

Keynote Speaker: Envisioning What Music Education Can Be

Connie McKoy
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall
Keynote speaker, Connie McKoy, will challenge music educators to rethink what music education looks and sounds like, in an effort to affirm the musical lives of all students and acknowledge their desire to use music as a means for personal expression.

Representation and Marginalization in the Music Classroom

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale
1:00 p.m.–1:40 p.m.
Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall
Elementary general music offers opportunities for music teachers and their students to engage with “folk” music that is representative of many regions and cultures across the United States and the world. Yet, we often find that teacher knowledge of the music comes from college classes, workshops or digital means and can be missing elements that are important to consider. This session seeks to explore building knowledge of music for the classroom with an attention to choices that may marginalize or not fully represent the students in the room. Culturally responsive teaching provides the foundation for this discussion.

Popular Music Pedagogy as Culturally Responsive Teaching

Sara K. Jones
1:50 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall
One way in which a culturally responsive classroom can be achieved is by integrating popular music pedagogy into the curriculum. This presentation explores approaches for including popular music in the music classroom, including ways to introduce popular music practices, ideas for learning about individual student cultures and creating popular music lessons and units.

Acknowledging Culture in the Music Curriculum

Connie McKoy
2:40 p.m.–3:20 p.m.
Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall
The purpose of this session is to examine four principles of culturally responsive teaching and explore how applying these principals can help music teachers to better understand how culture influences the ways of musical knowing that teachers and learners bring to the music classroom.

Wrap-Up Roundtable

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall
Speakers and participants gather for final reflections on the day’s events, discuss key learnings and synthesize topic and trends in order to make the symposium’s lessons actionable in the classroom.



Cliff Colnot

In the past decade Cliff Colnot has emerged as a distinguished conductor and a musician of uncommon range. One of few musicians to have studied orchestral repertoire with Daniel Barenboim,…

Sara K. Jones

Sara K. Jones, assistant professor of music education at DePaul University, holds degrees from Baylor University (BME), Michigan State University (MM in music education), and Northwestern University (PhD in music…

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale is an associate professor and the director of music education at DePaul University in Chicago. Kelly-McHale’s research focuses on culturally responsive teaching in K-12 music classrooms, the role…

Constance McKoy

Connie McKoy is professor and director of undergraduate Studies in the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses. She holds…

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