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Photo of Martin Bergee
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Music Education and Music Therapy, Emphasis: Instrumental Music Education
785-864-9746
400 Murphy Hall
Photo of Cynthia Colwell
Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Director, Music Therapy
785-864-9635
432 Murphy Hall
Photo of Jacob Dakon
Assistant Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Emphasis: String Music Education
785-864-4518
218 Murphy Hall
Photo of James Daugherty
Associate Professor, Choral/Vocal Pedagogy, Director, Graduate Studies in Music Education & Music Therapy
785-864-9637
448 Murphy Hall
Photo of Abbey Dvorak
Assistant Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Emphasis: Music Therapy
785-864-9636
448 Murphy Hall
Assistant Professor of Music Education
785-864-9632
Murphy Hall, Room 216

Melissa Grady recently joined the faculty at The University of Kansas as an assistant professor of music education. She received her Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy from The University of Kansas and both her undergraduate degree in Music Education and Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas).

Before her appointment at KU, Grady served as assistant professor of music education and the coordinator of the music education program at Valdosta State University where she taught courses in choral and general music at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also previously served as visiting assistant professor of music at Lake Forest College where she taught courses in music education and acted as director of choral activities. During her eleven-year public school teaching career, Grady taught at all levels of music education; elementary general music, middle school choir and general music, and high school choir.

At KU, Dr. Grady teaches courses in choral methods, choral conducting, and conducts the University Singers. An active researcher, her research interests include effects of choral conducting gestures on choir sound, adolescent voices, choir spacing, and hearing dosage and hearing conservation in choir contexts. Dr. Grady’s research is published and she regularly presents at refereed conferences and symposia.

Grady is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Midwest for middle school and high school choirs. She is a member of NAfME and ACDA. 

Photo of Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
Associate Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Emphasis: Music Therapy
785-864-9632
448 A Murphy Hall
Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Director, Music Education, Emphasis: General Music Education
785-864-9638
448 J Murphy Hall
Photo of Christopher Johnson
Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy, Director, Division of Music Education & Music Therapy, Emphasis: Instrumental Music Education
785-864-9633
410 Murphy Hall
Assistant Professor: Division of Music Education and Music Therapy
(785)-864-9634
Murphy Hall, Room 448B

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