Kelly A. Parkes

Kelly A. Parkes

Associate Professor - Music Education

Kelly A. Parkes teaches graduate level music education classes. She also supervises students completing internships as part of their study.

Contact Me

(540) - 231 - 0765
Virginia Tech, School of Education
322B War Memorial Hall
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Education
  • Research/Production: Music Pedagogy and Techniques
  • Teaching Areas: Graduate Music Education

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Miami
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • M.M., Canberra Institute of the Arts Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma of Performance, Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Sydney
  • B.A., Australian National University

What do you most enjoy about your work?

I enjoy being able to transfer my career as a professional musician into tangible outcomes for my students. I am able to apply real-life experiences to their learning and assist them in make choices that will embed the performing arts in their lives as well as the lives of their own students.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

I get the most satisfaction from working with students as they graduate from the Bachelor degrees and move into graduate study. The growth curve is steep, as they take on responsibility for the learning of their students but the rewards are high, both for my students and for me. They develop into caring teachers who have a love for, and understanding of, the performing arts and they can inspire this in others in their communities.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Students in the performing arts are already special - they have learned to think deeply about the arts, about how and why it affects them and how they can create  experiences for their audiences. Students in the performing arts must have something to say artistically and be brave enough to continue striving for new and expressive ways to say it.

Memberships & Affiliations


  • Co-Chair of the Model Cornerstones Assessment Project, National Association for Music Education
  • Co-Chair of Division C, Section 1-B, American Educational Research Association
  • Chair of Competitions and Research Session, International Trumpet Guild
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Research in Music Education

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