"The flowers of musical sense cannot spring to life if the seeds are not sown into the child's soul.'"- Zoltán Kodály
Shea Adalene Clay
Assistant Professor of Music
College of Arts and Sciences
Bristol Campus: Chapel 16
I am an Assistant Professor of Music at King where I direct the Jazz/Gospel Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Ensemble, and am the primary professor in the vocal/general music education program. I am also a member of OAKE, NAfME, ACDA, and have served on the Teacher Education Committee, the National Children’s Choir Committee, and as the Secondary Education Advisor for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Board of Directors. Advocating for music education is my passion and I hope to instill that same passion into our future music educators.
Prior to coming to King, I taught 10 years in Washington County, Virginia at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Born and raised in California, I moved to this area with my husband when I was just 20 years old and consider myself a “transplant” to this region. I currently live in Abingdon, VA with my husband and three dogs.
2011-Present- Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A) ABD- Boston University
Master of Science in Music Education (M.S)- Radford University
Bachelor of Music (B.M.Ed.)- East Tennessee State University
Kodaly Certification- James Madison University
Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification- Appalachian State University
Recent Publications and Presentations
2014 Kodaly Presentation
• Information workshop presented to Orff Level II graduates
2012 Kodaly Presentation
• Information workshop presented to Orff Level III graduates
2010 Kodaly 101: An Introduction
• Workshop for local music educators
Clay, S. (2009). Ideas for Kodaly in the Secondary Classroom. Kodaly Envoy, 6, 26-29.
My research interests involve occupational identity formation in pre-service and early-service music educators, community music, and motivation among older adult amateur musicians.