Crane School of Music Hosts Visiting Master Teachers Constance McKoy and Jacqueline Kelly-McHale

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music Welcomes Two 2017 Joy Anthony Douglass Master Teachers for Upcoming Residency

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Dr. Constance McKoy will visit The Crane School of Music as one of the 2017 Joy Anthony Douglass ’56 Visiting Master Teachers next week.

POTSDAM, NY (09/20/2017) (readMedia)-- SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will welcome two accomplished pedagogues to campus to lead sessions on culturally responsive teaching in music education next week, as part of the 2017 Joy Anthony Douglass '56 Visiting Master Teacher Program.

Dr. Constance McKoy and Dr. Jacqueline Kelly-McHale will be in residence at The Crane School of Music from Monday, Sept. 25 to Friday, Sept. 29. During their visit, Dr. McKoy and Dr. Kelly-McHale will explore what it means to teach -- and learn -- within a culturally responsive classroom.

Through interactive sessions and roundtable conversations, Crane students and faculty will investigate culturally sustainable teaching approaches that acknowledge varied identities and expressions of diversity.

In addition, area K-12 educators have been invited to take part in McKoy and Kelly-McHale's visit by registering to receive professional development credit through St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES for completing sessions during the residency. Area teachers have been invited to attend sessions on Monday, Sept. 25, including "Honoring the Ear," "Teacher Identity and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy" and "Responsible Content Selection."

The two visiting master teachers will also offer a keynote discussion facilitated by SUNY Potsdam Chief Diversity Officer Bernadette Tiapo, on Monday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m., in the Ralph Wakefield Recital Hall.

During their visit, the educators will lead sessions analyzing aural learning as a critical facet of music instruction, examining issues faced by educators who teach in schools or communities which are culturally different from those that they attended, and offering strategies for selecting curricula that acknowledges the ethnic and cultural diversity of a school district or class.

McKoy and Kelly-McHale will conclude their visit with a professional development roundtable, focused on the principles and practices of culturally responsive pedagogy. The roundtable will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

This event, along with several others throughout the visit, will stream live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel. To see these and other upcoming streaming concerts and events, visit

McKoy and Kelly-McHale's visit to Potsdam is made possible through the Joy Anthony Douglass Visiting Master Teacher Fund, which was established by Joy Anthony Douglass '56 to honor the transformative experiences she had as a student during her time at Crane. The fund enables visiting master teachers to share their insights and expertise with Crane School of Music students and faculty, as well as music educators throughout the region.

About the visiting master teachers:

Dr. Constance McKoy is an associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and both a master's degree and a Ph.D. from UNCG. McKoy has previously served as a visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Southern Mississippi and served the North Carolina public schools for 19 years as a lead teacher, general music teacher, choral director and band assistant. McKoy's research has focused on children's world music preferences and music teachers' cross-cultural competence. She has presented at research sessions of the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the Research Alliance of Institutions for Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education and the College Music Society. Her research 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, and she served on the editorial review committee for the NAfME publication, the Music Educators Journal. McKoy is an active clinician for state, regional and national music education organizations, is Orff-certified, was the guest choral clinician for the 2010 NCMEA All-State Middle School SSA choir, and is a past president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. Her responsibilities in the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts include coordinating the undergraduate music education program, and teaching undergraduate and graduate music education courses, including courses in multicultural music education.

Dr. 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 of social justice in music teacher education programs and composition in K-12 classrooms. She has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education and Mountain Lake Reader. Kelly-McHale is an active clinician, having presented workshops at state and national conferences. She also serves as a consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Institute for Learning, Access and Training, and the Ravinia Festival's Reach, Teach and Play programs. Kelly-McHale earned her doctorate at Northwestern University, a master's degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and a bachelor's degree in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has also earned a Kodály Mastery Certificate and has completed levels in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.

To see the full schedule of events associated with the 2017 Joy Douglass Visiting Master Teacher Residence at The Crane School of Music, visit

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.