Edward McClellan

Associate Professor; Division Coordinator of Music Education and Music Therapy

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.M.E., Duquesne University; B.S.M.E., Duquesne University.

Edward McClellan is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Loyola University New Orleans.  His degrees are from Duquesne University (BSME; MME) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (PhD).  Dr. McClellan has thirty years of experience from the elementary to undergraduate and graduate levels in Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  His school experience includes fulfilling responsibilities as elementary band teacher, middle school general music teacher and choral director, high school director of bands, orchestra director, and chairman of fine arts.  During his tenure, McClellan’s bands and orchestras consistently received “Superior” ratings at district, state, and national adjudication festivals.  At the undergraduate level, Dr. McClellan is teacher of record for psychology of teaching and learning music, prelude to music education, the introduction to teaching instrumental music, marching band techniques, music education in American society, psychology of music, intermediate conducting, advanced conducting, and the supervision of field experience, practicum, student teaching. At the graduate level, McClellan has taught contemporary issues in music education and multicultural music education.

Dr. McClellan maintains an active scholarly agenda, fulfilled via peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and a profile of leadership and advocacy for inclusive and sequential music learning through engagement and creativity.  He has published research and manuscript submissions in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and The Instrumentalist.  He has made research presentations at the International MayDay Colloquium, International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, National Association for Music Education Biennial National Conference, Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, College Music Society National Conference, College Music Society Southern and South Central Regional Conferences, Idaho Music Educators Association and Louisiana Music Educators Association Conferences.  His research presentations have been on such topics as Distance Learning Graduate Programs in Music Education (2010), Best Practices within the University School Partnership Model (2011), Economic Crisis and Education Reform (2011), Making the Transition to an Online Masters of Music Education Graduate Program (2012), and The Impact of Identity Formation of Undergraduate Music Education Majors on the Musical, Social, and Intrapersonal Aims of Music Education (2012).  His most recent research projects
have included examination of undergraduate music education major socialization in the university-school partnership model, exploring innovative graduate online music education degree models of instruction, and investigating the influences of the university music department culture on identity formation of music education majors.

Dr. McClellan is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Music Educators Journal, Chair-Elect of the Social Sciences Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of the National Association for Music Education, Louisiana State Collegiate Chair of the National Association for Music Education, and Louisiana State Chair of the Society of Music Teacher Education.  As Member of the Louisiana Music Educator Association Board of Directors, McClellan initiated the 1) Annual Statewide NAfME Collegiate Summit, 2) Statewide Research Presentation Session, and 3) Louisiana Music Teacher Educator Symposium.  McClellan’s scholarly and creative activities at Loyola University New Orleans include initiatives to support the intellectual growth, cultural life, and professional development of pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers through the Loyola University New Orleans Music Education Lecture Series and Music Education Professional Development Series. 

Dr. McClellan’s research interests include pre-service music teacher development, sociology of music education, the psychology of music teaching and learning, and issues relevant to instrumental music education.  He has been active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.  Dr. McClellan continues to be active as a guest lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Office Location:
204 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address: 

Loyola University New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans
College of Music and Fine Arts 
6363 St. Charles Ave. 
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118

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