Doctoral Lecturer in Instrumental Music Education
Dr. Calhoun has taught over 20 years as a music educator and band director in the Chicagoland, Bloomington, Indiana, and New York areas. During that time, she taught 7th through 12th grade general music and music technology, as well as directed 7th through 8th grade choir and 4th through 12th grade bands. While teaching as a full-time band director in Westchester County, New York, she founded and directed Jazz Elite, a jazz program for middle and high school students.
Dr. Calhoun served as an Adjunct Professor at Westchester Community College, teaching a classical trumpet studio and as the Associate Instructor in the African American Arts Institute and Music Education Department in Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. As a Music Education Associate Instructor, she held the following positions: University Supervisor for music education student teachers; Associate Instructor for Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Music, Elementary Music, and Choral Music; and Coordinator for theYoung Winds Program.
Dr. Calhoun recently earned her PhD in Music Education with a cognate field in Jazz and African American Soul Studies from Indiana University. The topic of her dissertation was “The Effects of a Systematic Vocalization Method on Jazz Performance and Self-Efficacy.” She collaborated with Dr. Kevin Watson and Dr. Peter Miksza in a research study entitled “The Effect of Physical Practice, Mental Practice, and Mental Imagery on Performance of an Improvised Solo;” which she presented via a research poster at the 2016 Big Ten Academic Alliance Conference. She presented her dissertation pilot study via a research poster and Lightning-Talk at the 2018 Big Ten Academic Alliance Conference, and lecture at the 2019 Jazz Education Network Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Calhoun received her master’s degree from Jacobs School of Music in 2015, with a concentration in jazz trumpet. While working on her master’s degree, she worked as the Associate Instructor for the IU Soul Revue, which concentrated on performance of Black popular music. She wrote and arranged horn parts, conducted instrumental sectionals, and performed lead-trumpet with the ensemble. She also holds the following degrees: M.S. in School Building Administration from Mercy College in New York (2007); M.A. in Music Technology from New York University (1995); and B.A. in Music Education from Western Illinois University (1992). Dr. Calhoun shares her love of music by performing around the world with various ensembles playing a variety of music (e.g. classical, blues, jazz, R&B, neo-soul) and educating students as a guest classical and jazz conductor and clinician at schools around the United States.