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Dr. Jacqueline J.R. Secoy is the Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Education Program Coordinator at Longwood University. She holds a BM in music education from Bowling Green State University, a MM in music education with Kodály emphasis from Capital University, and a PhD in music education and post-baccalaureate certificate in ethnomusicology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jacqueline’s research interests include, ukulele instruction, musician identity formation, and lifelong music learning. Jacqueline holds Levels 1-3 certifications in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative, Kodály methodology, and is a Modern Band Fellow. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, she has taught one year of private home music instruction and 10 years of general music and beginning band in grades four through eight in Central Ohio.

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Dr. Raychl Smith is Associate Professor of Music Education at East Carolina University. Dr. Smith has previously served as Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Instructor of Music Education at Elon University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, she taught in the public schools of North Carolina as an elementary general music teacher, elementary choral director, and middle school band director. She has presented research at state, national, and international conferences on popular music education, informal music learning, modern band, culturally responsive teaching, the mental health needs of music educators, creative motion pedagogy, and music education and social justice. Dr. Smith is a Modern Band Fellow and a recipient of the North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award.

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