Dr. Connie McKoy

Culturally Responsive Teaching - Workshop and Roundtable Series

Dr. Constance McKoy, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Greensboro

This series offers 8 Professional Development Hours.

How do music educators respond to students’ musically diverse lives?
The purpose of this workshop and discussion series is to engage educators in generating ideas for how their students’ cultures may inform instructional and curricular decisions. This series also promotes dialogue with university music educators who wish to learn more about our diverse communities from our Illinois colleagues in elementary and secondary schools.

The two interactive workshops offer educators an inservice opportunity that will focus on four principles of culturally responsive teaching: 1) knowing yourself; 2) knowing your students; 3) creating a supportive classroom environment; and 4) making curricular choices that are culturally responsive. Activities will engage participants in various facets of these principles as they relate to both their school climate and the varied student cultures represented within their schools.  Educators may also attend two facilitated roundtable discussions to promote the sharing of ideas—both new ones that have emerged as a result of the workshops, or curricular ideas already in place—that exemplify culturally responsive teaching practices. 

Dr. Connie McKoy holds a BM in Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and both an MM and PhD from UNCG. She was a visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Southern Mississippi and served the North Carolina public schools for nineteen 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. 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. She is an active clinician for state, regional, and national music education organizations, is Orff-certified, was 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.


Workshop# 1: Monday, Feb. 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (1.5 hours)
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana

“Affirming Students’ Musical Lives”

The purpose of this interactive presentation is to explore how music teachers can acknowledge the ways of musical knowing that students bring to the music classroom and use that knowledge as a bridge to new musical understandings.

Inservice Teacher Roundtable #1 and Concert
Sunday, March 12, 4:30-6:30 pm; Concert: 7:30-9:00 pm (3.5 hours)
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The music education department will sponsor a reception and roundtable discussion for inservice teachers to take place at Dr. Janet Barrett’s house. Topics will include both ideas for practice in schools, and ways in which we can support preservice music teachers on their paths to becoming culturally responsive educators.  Following the roundtable discussion, participants are encouraged to attend the Symposium Concert at 7:30 pm. This concert is the culminating event of the Black Sacred Music Symposium, presented by the University of Illinois Black Chorus, founded by Ollie Watts Davis in 1991. This is the final concert for a four-day biennial conference dedicated to the student of Black Sacred Music traditions.

Workshop #2: Monday, March 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (1.5 hours)
Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana

“Honoring the Ear: Expanding Our Definition of Music Literacy”

This presentation will focus on aural learning as a critical facet of music instruction. Participants will explore how aural learning can be used effectively in understanding culturally diverse facets of musicianship and literacy.

Inservice Teacher Roundtable #2: April 3 7-8:30 pm (1.5 hours)
Music Building (room TBD), 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana
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The purpose of this roundtable is to synthesize the key points of the discussions and workshops, and to generate some potential pathways for culturally responsive practices within K-12 music programs and in music teacher education.

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