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 centers on issues of race, class, and culture, and cultural relevancy. She has presented sessions and research at the American Educators Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Mountain Lake Colloquium. She published articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News. McCall hopes that her research will assist the music education profession in transforming music spaces and music-making practices that have historically suppressed racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity into places that are inclusive and socially conscious.

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. In 2016, McCall was also presented the Minority Access National Role Model Award. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.



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