Associate Professor of Music Education
Alan C. McClung joined the University of North Texas College of Music faculty in 2002. He directs UNT’s Up Front (a 75 voice laboratory choir for choral music education), teaches undergraduate choral conducting, undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary choral methods, and supervises student teachers. He holds a BMED from West Virginia University, a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign; and a PHD in Music Education from Florida State University. Dr. McClung's professional experience includes teaching and conducting at all levels. In addition to six European concert tours, noted performances of his middle, upper, and college choirs include invited performances for a variety of state and region music conferences, including a special Symphony Hall collaboration between his Woodward Academy choirs and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted a variety of state and region choirs, as well as the award winning Landesjungenchor from Koblenz, Germany. As chorister and soloist, Dr. McClung spent three seasons singing with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw.
An active member of ACDA and NAfME, he has served as a national delegate to ACDA's International Conductor Exchange with Germany and Sweden, Georgia's ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for High Schools, Georgia Music Educator’s State Choral Chair, Missouri's ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Colleges and Universities, and the R & S Chair for Southwest ACDA’s Student and Youth Activities. As a distinguished choral music educator, he is invited frequently to present at state, divisional, and national music conferences. Additional presentations include master classes at Roehampton University, London. Articles by Dr. McClung have appeared in Southeastern Journal of Music Education, ACDA's Choral Journal, MENC's Music Educators Journal, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Research in Music Education. He is author of Movable Tonic: A Sequenced Sight-Singing Method, a GIA publication. A UNT Honors Professor, he is the director of the Cambiata Institute for Early Adolescent Vocal Music and was recently named the managing editor for Cambiata Press. In 2012, 2014, and 2016, he served as facilitator and host for the MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music. In 2017, Dr. McClung will host a session on Middle School Voices at the ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, and in July, he will present two sessions at the 11th World Symposium for the International Federation for Choral Music, Barcelona, Spain.
- Master Teachers in Middle-Level Choral Music: Pedagogical Insights and Practices
- The Wonders of Choral Music in the Middle-Level Grades: A Bit of Nature and a Lot of Nurture
- Sight Singing Systems: Current Practice and Survey of All-State Choristers
- Learning Assessment and Grading Practices in the High School Choral Music Performance Classroom
- Using Video Self-Assessment to Enhance Nonverbal Conducting Gesture
- The Next Generation of Music Teachers
- Extramusical Skills in the Classroom
- The Relationship between Nonverbal Communication and Conducting: An Interview with Rodney Eichenberger
- Journal of Research in Music Education: Sight-Singing Scores of High School Choristers with Extensive Training in Movable Solfège Syllables and Curwen Hand Signs
- Common Times, Fall 2005: Enhancing The Informal Curriculum
- Common Times, Winter 2005: Developing Leadership Skills in an ACDA Student Chapter
- Common Times, Spring 2006: Conventions Consolidate Opportunities to Listen and Learn
- Common Times, Fall 2006: Proactive Preventative Discipline
- Common Times, Winter 2007: SWACDA-Kansas City: A Place to Get Ahead
- Common Times, Fall 2007: Making the Vocal Development Period More Than a Warm-up: Are You Prepared?