Joyce McCall was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she taught introductory music teaching courses, advanced instrumental methods, and jazz methods. McCall also served as an assistant band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas, and a woodwind and marching band specialist in Alabama, Arizona, and Mississippi.
McCall’s research—positioned within the context of frameworks like critical race theory and double consciousness theory—centers on how race, class, and culture impact educational equity in music education. Additionally, she examines how certain pedagogies such as culturally relevant teaching influences possibilities to engage among minoritized racial populations in the music classroom and beyond. She has presented sessions and research at the American Educators Research Association, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association for Music Education, and the Society for Music Teacher Education, and published articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News. Her latest book chapter, “Speak No Evil: Talking Race as an African American in Music Education,” has served as a critical tool in music education toward empowering scholars of color and inspiring anti-racist work.
McCall has proudly served as a clarinetist and saxophonist in the United States Army Bands from 1999 to 2013. During her service, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Alabama; the 41st Army Band in Jackson, Mississippi; the 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas; and the 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.