Barbara McLain

Barbara McLain

Professor, Music Education, Secondary Instrumental

Dr. Barbara McLain is currently a Professor of Music Education for the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Prior to that time, she was a member of the music education faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught instrumental and vocal music in the public schools of Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana. She is a nationally acclaimed technology clinician, and the founder of the University of Hawaii’s online graduate music education program, the first, NASM accredited, online degree offered in the U.S.

Dr. McLain is an active adjudicator and author, and has served in numerous leadership capacities, including President of the Western Division of NAfME; President, journal editor & conference chair for the Hawaii Music Educators Association; National collegiate chair for NAfME, and has served on numerous editorial boards. She has presented national conference sessions for NAfME in Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Kansas City, Washington, D.C, and Phoenix, and for state MEA conferences in Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Ohio, North Carolina and Hawaii.

She has numerous guest conducting appearances to her credit in Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii. Her articles have appeared in professional journals including Sloan C: Journal of Asynchronous Learning, Technological Directions in Music Learning, the Instrumentalist, the Music Educators Journal, the Journal of the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society Symposium, New Ways, T.U.B.A. Journal, and Triad.

She recently published the 2nd edition of MENC’s first online textbook, A Career Guide for Music Education and co-authored with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, an innovative eBook, Recruiting and Retention: Finding and Keeping Instrumental Music Students.

An active technology enthusiast and freelance designer, she received a B.M.E. degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL., a M.M. degree from the University of Arizona, and the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University.

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