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Steve Kelly

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Phone 850-644-4069

Office KMU 330C

Steve Kelly is a Professor of Music Education in the College of Music at Florida State University. He received bachelor and master degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kansas. At FSU, Kelly teaches undergraduate and graduate music education classes, and coordinates in the music education internship program. Kelly is also the Director of the FSU Summer Music Camps.

Prior to his appointment at FSU, Kelly taught in the Virginia public schools and on the faculties at Brevard College (NC) and the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and guest conductor across the United States. His teaching and research interests include sociological issues in music education, teacher education, and effective teacher characteristics. 

Kelly has published and presented papers in international and national journals, and at state, regional, national, and international conferences. He is the author of the book Teaching Music in American Society: A Social and Cultural Understanding of Music Education, and has served on the review boards for the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, the Journal of Band Research, and the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education. Kelly is currently a member of the executive board for the Society for Research in Music Education and is co-chair of the national NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council. Kelly is also a Past-President of the Florida Music Education Association.

Kelly has been recognized as the College Music Educator of the year by the Florida Music Education Association and has also been a recipient of the FSU University Undergraduate Teaching Award, the FSU College of Music Service Award, and the Community Music Service Award by Florida A & M University. 

  • Kelly, S. N. (1993). A comparison of the effects of background music on the reading comprehension of university undergraduate music majors and non-music majors. Southeastern Journal of Music Education, 5, 86-97.
  • Johnson, C. M., & Kelly, S. N. (1995). Differential patterns of listening to instrumental families by collegiate and junior high school music students. Contributions to Music Education, 22, 62-75.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1996). Paul Yoder: A pioneer in band music education. Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education, 17(2), 117-136.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1997). The effects of conducting instruction on the musical performance of beginning band students. Journal of Research in Music Education, 45(2), 295-305.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1997). An investigation of the influence of timbre on gender and instrument association. Contributions to Music Education, 24, 43-56.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1998). Using portfolios for student assessment. The National Federation Interscholastic Music Association (NFIMA) Journal, 14(2), 16-18.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1998). Preschool classroom teachers’ perceptions of useful music skills and understandings. Journal of Research in Music Education, 46(3), 374-383.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1998). Using basic conceptual foundations for a balanced ensemble curriculum. Florida Music Director, 51(8), 6-11.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1999). John Barnes Chance and his contribution to music education. The Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education, 21(1), 21-40.
  • Kelly, S. N. (1999). The use of conducting gestures to teach music concepts: A review of selected research. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 18(1), 3-6.
  • Manthei, M., & Kelly, S. N. (1999). Effects of popular and classical background music on undergraduate math test scores. Research Perspectives in Music Education, 1, 38-42.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2000). Preservice music education student fears of the internship and initial inservice teaching experiences. Contributions to Music Education, 27(1), 41-49.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2000). Sociological and musical influences of prospective undergraduate music teacher candidates. In R. R. Rideout & S. J. Paul (Eds.), On the Sociology of Music Education II (pp. 121-130). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts.
  • Paul, S. J., Teachout, D. J., Sullivan, J. M., Kelly, S. K., Bauer, W. I., & Raiber, M. A. (2001). Authentic-Context Learning Activities in Instrumental Music Teacher Education. Journal of Research in Music Education, 49(2), 136-145.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2001). Developing the supervising teacher. Florida Music Director, 55(5), 14-18.
  • Paul, S. J., Teachout, D. J., Kelly, S. N., Bauer, W. I., and Raiber, M. A. (2002). Role development activities and initial teaching performance. Contributions to Music Education,29(1), 85-95.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2002). Undergraduate music education majors’ perceptions of preparation and teaching responsibility for the National Standards for Arts Education. Proceedings from the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, 77-86.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2002). A sociological basis for music education. International Journal of Music Education, 39, 40-49.
  • Madsen, C. K., & Kelly, S. N. (2002). First remembrances of wanting to become a music teacher. Journal of Research in Music Education, 50(4), 323-332.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2003). A time-use analysis of student intern verbal and non-verbal teaching behaviors. Contributions to Music Education, 30(1), 55-68.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2003). The influence of selected cultural factors on the environmental teaching preference of undergraduate music education majors. Journal of Music Teacher Education,12(2) 40-50
  • Kelly, S. N., & VanWeelden, K. (2004). Connecting meaningful music and experiences in a multicultural-multimusical classroom. Music Educators Journal, 90(3), 35-39.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2004). The use of information and practices presented by the music content standards from the National Standards for Arts Education by undergraduate music interns. Research Perspectives in Music Education, 2, 49-55.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2004). Ten quick success tips for new music teachers. Florida Music Director.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2004). The social component in effective teaching. Florida Music Director, 58(3), 42-44.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2005). Social and professional influences on undergraduate music education majors’ initial inservice placement decisions. Council for Research in Music Education,165, 7-16.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2006). The accuracy of supervising teachers’ written assessments of student teaching performance practices. Contributions to Music Education, 33(1), 45-59.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2006). Considering process and product in what and how music education is experienced. Florida Music Director, 60(2), 8-11
  • Kelly, S. N., & Lancaster, J. R. (2007). The future of music education in Florida: Trends in general education. The Florida Music Director, 61(3), 10 – 44.
  • Hamann, D., Kelly, S. N., Lucas, K., & Teachout, D. (in press). Structuring individual research approaches in music education. Southeastern Journal of Music Education.
  • Kelly, S. N. (in press). An investigation of attractor and facilitator variables’ influence on preservice teacers’ decisions to teach music. Society for Music Teacher Education: 2005 Symposium on Music Teacher Education.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2001). Using portfolios for performing ensembles. In Music Educators National Conference (Ed.), Spotlight on assessment in music education (pp. 26-28). Music Educators National Conference, Reston: Virginia.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2008). High school instrumental students’ perceptions of effective music student teacher traits. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 17(2), 83-91.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2009). Communicating the values of school music experiences. Florida Music Director, 63(1), 13-16.
  • Kelly, S. N. & Juchniewicz, J. (2009). An investigation of social and musical objectives and experiences sought by instrumental students attending a summer music camp. In S. Cooper (Ed.), Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education: 2009 Proceedings, (65-76). Tucson: University of Arizona.
  • Kelly, S. N., & Kelly, R. K. (2010). An examination of middle school band participation in athletic band activities. Research Perspectives in Music Education, 14, 15 – 20.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2010). Public school supervising teachers’ perceptions of skills and behaviors necessary in the development of effective music student teachers. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 185, 21-32.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2012). Summer break and professional development. Florida Music Director, 65(8), 8-10.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2012). John Dewey and James Mursell: Progressive educators for contemporary music education. Visions of Research in Music Education, 21, 2- 29.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2012). A Comparison of Cohort Data from 2007/08 to 2010/11 Regarding Fine Arts-Related Instruction’s Influence on Academic Success. Florida Music Director,66(3), 8-10.
  • Kelly, S. N. (2013). What if every concert was important? Florida Music Director, 67(1), 20 -22.
  • Kelly, S. N., & Matthews, K. (2014). An investigation of hiring practices by secondary school principals of music teachers.Research Perspectives in Music Education, 16(1), 44-54.
  • Juchniewicz, J., Kelly, S.N., & Acklin, A. (2014). Rehearsal characteristics of superior band directors. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 32(2), 35-43.
  • Kelly, S. N. (in press). The influence of student teaching experiences in preservice teachers’ commitments to teaching. Journal of Music Teacher Education.
  • Kelly, S. N., & VanWeelden, K. (in press). Gender associations with world music instruments by high school music students from the United States. International Journal of Music Education.
  • Kelly. S. N. (2009). Teaching music in American Society: A social and cultural understanding of music education. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
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