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Marvelene C. Moore

Dr. Marvelene C. Moore

Professor of Music Education
Hired: 1978

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


Dr. Marvelene C. Moore is Professor of Music Education and a James A. Cox Endowed Chair at the University of Tennessee. She specializes in classroom music for students grades K-8 and choral music grades 3-8. Dr. Moore brings a breadth of experience for young people including study at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute, Geneva, Switzerland; the Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College; the Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria; and the Kodaly Institute, Estegom, Hungary. She has served as clinician and guest conductor for music organizations in 44 of the United States. She has presented sessions at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conferences in South Korea, South Africa, Norway, Malaysia, the Canary Islands, Italy, China, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Dr. Moore is author of the "Musical Culture of African American Children in Tennessee" in the Oxford publication The Musical Culture of Children, 2013. She is also author of Critical Essays in Music Education, 2012; Kaleidoscope of Cultures, 2010; Making Music, Grades K-8 – 2008, 2005; Making Music DVD – 2005, 2001; Classroom Management in General, Choral and Instrumental Music, 2002; and Making Connections: Multicultural Music and the National Standards,1998.

Dr. Moore is former chair of the NAfME Council on IN-ovations and has served as the president of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education (TAAE). From 2006-2010, she served on the Board of Directors of ISME and 2008-2010 served on the ISME Executive Board. In 2004, she was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award. In 2004, she was awarded the Hall of Fame Award from the Tennessee Music Education Association and was named chair of the ISME Commission on Music in Schools and Teacher Preparation, representing the United States from 2004-2006.  She held the position of ISME Commissioner from 2000-2004. Dr. Moore has served as a reviewer for music educators seeking promotion to associate and full professor for a number of institutions in the United States. Currently, she serves has a Ph.D. Examiner for doctoral students at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Music Education in Melbourne, Australia. She is founder and chair of the National Symposium on Multicultural Music, co-sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

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  • Ph.D. in Music Education - University of Michigan (1977)
  • Ed.S. in Music Education - Vanderbilt University (1971)
  • M.M.E. in Music Education - Vanderbilt University (1970)
  • B.A. in Vocal Performance - Talladega College (1966)


Books/Chapters in Books

  • Moore, Marvelene, et al. The Musical Culture of Children (Chapter in Book). London: Oxford Press, 2013.
  • Moore, Marvelene C., ed. Critical Essays in Music Education. London: Ashgate Publishers, 2011.
  • Moore, Marvelene C., ed. Proceedings of the National Symposium on Multicultural Music. New York: Rowman and Little Field, 2010.
  • Moore, Marvelene C. Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (Chapter in Book). New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2010.
  • Moore, Marvelene C., Musical Dimensions (Chapter in Book). North Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009.
  • Moore, Marvelene C., Musical Experiences in Our Lives (Chapter in Book). New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
  • Moore, Marvelene C., et al. Making Music, K-8. Illinois: Pearson Silver-Burdett, 2008.
  • Moore, Marvelene C. and Bo Wah Leung, eds. School Music and Teacher Education: A Global Perspective in the New Century. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education Press, 2006.
  • Moore, Marvelene C. et al. Making Music with Movement and Dance.  Parsippany, NJ: Pearson Education Silver-Burdett, 2005).
  • Moore, Marvelene C. et al. Marking Music, Texas Education: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Parsippany, NJ: Pearson Education Silver-Burdett, 2005.
  • Moore, Marvelene C. et al. Making Music: Grades K-6. Parsippany, NJ: Pearson Education Silver-Burdett, 2005.

Presentations at Professional Meetings (Sessions 2005-Present)

  • Creative Capitol: A Source of Multicultural Music, Part I and II. Ohio Music Education Association, Columbus, OH. February 2012.
  • Engaging Strategies for Exploring World Music and Traditions. General Music Teachers, Baton Rouge, LA. April 2011.
  • Engaging Strategies for Exploring Multicultural Music.  NAfME Biennial In-Service Conference, Baltimore, MD.  April 2011.
  • Exploring and Creating Music Through Movement and Instrumental Play. American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Los Angeles, CA.  January 2011.
  • Sing It, Move It, Play It: An Exploration in Music for the K-6 Urban Music Classroom. Little Rock School District/AOSA Chapter 112, Little Rock, AR.  May 2009.
  • Experiencing Multicultural Music Through Movement and Orff Instrumental Play for the Classroom and Choral Settings. Hawaii Orff Chapter, Honolulu, HI.  April 2009.
  • Performing African American Music in the General Music Classroom.  New Jersey Education Association, New Brunswick, NJ.  February 2009.
  • Sing It, Move It, Play It: Making Music in the General Music Classroom.  Alaska Music Teachers, Anchorage, AL.  March 2008.
  • Making Music and Exploring Literacy.  California Music Education Association, Sacramento, CA.  March 2008.
  • Techniques in Multicultural Music for the General Music Classroom.  Colorado Music Education Association, Colorado Springs, CO. January 2008.
  • A Workshop on Multicultural Music for the General Music and Classroom Teacher.  The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.  June 2007.
  • Making Connections: Musical Play and Reading Literacy.  National Urban Music Leadership Conference, Cincinnati, OH.  October 2007.
  • An Exploration in Music for the K-6 Urban Classroom. Little Rock School District, Little Rock, AR.  March 2007.
  • Exploring Literacy Through Multicultural Music.  NASPAAM Professional Biennial Conference, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS.  March 2007.
  • African and African American Music and Dance, Parts I & II.  Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, Louisville, KY.  February 2006.
  • Multicultural Music: The Bridge to Literacy.  Tennessee Music Education Association, Nashville, TN.  April 2005.

Professional Services

  • Reviewer, British Journal of Music Education
  • Chair, NAfME Council on IN-ovations
  • Reviewer of Proposals, Tennessee Arts Commission
  • President, Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education
  • Member, Educators Hall of Honor, University of Tennessee
  • Member, Council on Academic Outreach and Engagement, University of Tennessee
  • Member, ISME Executive Board
  • Member, ISME Board of Directors
  • Chair, Commission on Music in Schools and Teacher Education of ISME
  • Reviewer, Asian Pacific Arts Education Journal

K-12 Teaching Experience

1966 -1969       Cherry Street Elementary and Westlawn Elementary School, Decatur, AL
1966-1969        Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, AL; choral director of after-school program.
1980-2000        occasional guest teaching at Knox County elementary schools and conducting of Middle school choruses, Knoxville, TN.


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