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Loneka BattisteLoneka Battiste

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Hired: 2014
Tenure-track

University of Tennessee
School of Music
203 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7515


Loneka Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee. Her duties include teaching elementary general and middle school choral methods and teaching graduate courses in music education. She has presented several papers and sessions at local and national conferences and symposiums and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school choirs. As a former member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, she completed her dissertation entitled “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals” in 2014. She currently serves as Co-Chair Elect of the Education Section for the Society of Ethnomusicology. Her research interests include social justice in music education and culturally responsive teaching in music education.

  • Ph.D. in Music Education – Louisiana State University (December 2014)
  • M.M. in Vocal Performance – University of Oklahoma (December 2001)
  • B.A. in Music Education – Dillard University (May 1999)

Selected Presentations, Papers and Clinics

  • Presentation: “Culturally Responsive Teaching with Kodály,” at Knox County Schools Elementary General Music Teacher In-service, Knoxville, TN, August 2016
  • Paper: “Painting Ethnicity with a Finer Brush: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Music Classroom,” at New Horizons in Intersectionality: Research, Policy, and Activism Symposium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, March 2016
  • Paper: “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals,” at National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2016
  • Paper: “ ‘They Didn’t Sound Like One of Us:’ Black Musical Aesthetic and the Performance of Moses Hogan Spirituals”, at Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South Symposium, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, February 2016
  • Paper: “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Black Musical Aesthetic and Cultural Appropriation in the Performance of Moses Hogan Spirituals,” at Society for Ethnomusicology 60th Annual Conference, Austin, TX, December 2015
  • Clinic: “Afro Caribbean Rhythms: From Africa to my iPod,” at Society for Ethnomusicology Education Section Outreach, 60th Annual Conference, Austin, TX, December 2015
  • Session: “ ‘Feel Like Funkin’ it Up’: African American Musical Aesthetic in the General Music Classroom,” at Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2015
  • Presentation: “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals,” at Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2015
  • Presentation: “African American Spirituals in the Choral Classroom,” at University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, March 2014.
  • Poster: “Singing Between the Lines: Implied Perspectives in the WPA Ex-Slave Narratives,” at Louisiana Music Educators Conference, Baton Rouge, LA November 2013.
  • Clinic:  “Ring Shout!” at Society for Ethnomusicology Education Section Outreach, 58th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2013
  • Poster: “ ‘I Feel Like Funkin’ it Up:’ Creolization and New Orleans Brass Band,” at Louisiana Music Educators Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, November 2012
  • Clinic:  “ ‘I Feel Like Funkin’ it Up:’ Afro-Caribbean Rhythms and the New Orleans Second Line,” at Society for Ethnomusicology Education Section Outreach, 57th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2012
  • Poster: “’Ole Time Religion:’ Current Performance Practice of the African American Spiritual,” at National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2012
  • Poster: “ ‘And That’s What I Believe:’ A Collection of Characteristics and Values that Contribute to the Success of New Venture Theatre,” at Louisiana Music Educators Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, November 2011
  • Clinician: Chattanooga Girls Choir, Chattanooga, TN, April 2016
  • Clinician and Judge: East Tennessee Vocal Association Middle School Choral Festival, Knoxville, TN, March 2016
  • Conductor: Buncombe County Elementary and Intermediate Honor Choir, Asheville, NC, February 2016
  • Conductor: Middle School Honor Choir, Knox County Schools, Knoxville, TN, March 2015
  • Music Director: Aida, New Venture Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2014
  • Music Director: Women of Brewster Place, New Venture Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2014
  • Music Director: Little Shop of Horrors, New Venture Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, October 2013
  • Music Director: The Wiz, New Venture Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2013
  • Founder and Artistic Director: Moses G. Hogan School of Performing Arts, Baton Rouge, LA, 2011-2014

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