William J. Coppola

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Assistant Professor of Music Education


Music Education

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William J. Coppola is an assistant professor of music education, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music teacher education and directs the student-led Jazz Pedagogy Ensemble.

Dr. Coppola's primary research interest examines the role of humility and egoism as they pertain to the ethical and prosocial development of musicians and music educators. His research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Psychology of Music; Music Education Research; the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; General Music Today; Update: Applications of Research in Music Education; the Journal of Popular Music Education; and Jazz Education in Research and Practice. He is co-author of World Music Pedagogy, Volume IV: Instrumental Music Education (Routledge, 2018), and World Music Pedagogy, Volume VII: World Music in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020).

Dr. Coppola holds degrees from the University of Washington, New York University, and Hofstra University. He is a certified Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy and Kodály educator. Dr. Coppola was previously an elementary music director for New York City Public Schools in Bayside, Queens. He also served as the Vice President of the Kodály Organization of New York (KONY).