Department of Music

Kelly A. Parkes: music education

Kelly A. Parkes, Assistant Professor, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in August 2006, where she teaches graduate level music education class, the students completing internships, and she also supervises interns. Formerly visiting professor with Florida International University (2003-2006) Dr. Parkes has enjoyed teaching methods classes, techniques classes, and advising Chapter 525 of the MENC Collegiate Program.

Dr. Parkes has earned her BA degree in musicology and psychology from the Australian National University and her M.Mus in trumpet performance and pedagogy from The Canberra Institute of the Arts, Australia. Her M.Sc in Music Education was awarded from Florida International University in the USA. Her PhD was awarded from the University of Miami where she coordinated the South Florida Honor Band Festival, and taught methods and techniques classes. Her current areas of research are music performance assessment, college level applied music faculty, motivation in music teacher training, and developmental psychology specific to music learning theory. She is an active member of Music Educators National Conference, and has presented much of her research both in the US and overseas.

Originally from Australia, Dr. Parkes has been researching and teaching in the United States for six years. Prior to moving to the USA she lectured in pre-college and college trumpet for 5 years at the Canberra School of Music; Institute of the Arts, and coordinated ensembles as well as Pre-college training programs. Dr. Parkes worked with public and private instrumental music programs within school music curriculum at elementary, middle, and high school levels for ten years in Canberra, Australia. She also enjoyed extensive studio and classroom teaching, instrumental instruction, and band directing. In addition to her teaching, she was also the Principal trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2000. Since moving to the USA she has appeared as a regular substitute with the New World Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson-Thomas (Miami, FL) and has worked as both adjunct professor and visiting professor with Florida International University. She is currently the Pedagogical advisor for the Australian Trumpet Guild, and a member of the ATG steering committee for the International Trumpet Guild Conference, 2010.

Kelly A. Parkes