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Shea Adalene Clay


Assistant Professor of Music


College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: Chapel 16

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"The flowers of musical sense cannot spring to life if the seeds are not sown into the child's soul.'"- Zoltán Kodály


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.


Current research

My research interests involve occupational identity formation in pre-service and early-service music educators, community music, and motivation among older adult amateur musicians.

Courses recently taught

EDUC 4660 LECT Student Teaching K-12
MUSC 1010 LECT Music Theory I
MUSC 1011 LAB Aural Skills I
MUSC 1020 LECT Music Theory II
MUSC 1021 LAB Aural Skills II
MUSC 1110 LECT King Chorale
MUSC 1130 LECT Small Choral Ensembles
MUSC 2011 LAB Aural Skills III
MUSC 2021 LAB Aural Skills IV
MUSC 2300 LECT American Folk Music
MUSC 2400 LECT Community Music and Quality of Life
MUSC 2900 LECT ST: Fundamentals in Music Theory