Music Education

William J. Coppola

William J. Coppola joins the UNT College of Music as Assistant Professor of Music Education in Fall 2018. Dr. Coppola’s primary research interest examines the role of humility and egoism as they pertain to the cultivation of prosocial musical engagements in music education. He has recently published a co-authored book on issues of inclusion and diversity in instrumental music education for the Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series, edited by Patricia Shehan Campbell.

Crystal Lynn Gerrard

New Faculty for 2018-2019

Crystal L. Gerrard will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of music education in August 2018. Dr. Gerrard earned her PhD in Music Education from The Ohio State University in 2018. Her research interests include urban music education, music teacher education, culturally responsive pedagogy, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and social justice in music education. Her dissertation is entitled, "Perceptions of Band Participation in a Predominantly Latino School Community.”

Jessica Nápoles

Jessica Nápoles is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Conductor of the Concert Choir at the University of North Texas. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Napoles taught middle school chorus in the public schools of Miami and Orlando, FL. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and PhD in Music Education from the Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she taught at the University of Utah for 11 years.

Jamey Kelley

Dr. Jamey Kelley is Assistant Professor Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, he was Program Coordinator of Music Education at Florida International University in Miami. 

Kelley earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Belmont University, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Washington.

John W. Richmond

John W. Richmond was appointed tenured Professor and Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas on August 1, 2016. Previously, Richmond served as Professor and Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL; 2003-2016) and as Professor and in various administrative appointments in the School of Music at the University of South Florida-Tampa (USF; 1987-2003).

Elizabeth Chappell

Elizabeth Chappell taught orchestra for seventeen years in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. Twelve of those years were in Title One programs and this experience sparked one of her research interests, equity of access to music education in urban public schools. Dr.

Don Taylor

Don Taylor teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education at the University of North Texas. Currently serving as the Coordinator of PhD Studies, his primary area of instruction is elementary general music, and his research interests focus on social justice issues in music education. Prior to receiving a PhD in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, he taught elementary music for nine years in San Antonio, Texas.

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