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Emily McGinnis

Adjunct Professor of Music, Music Education/Teaching Fellow

Emily McGinnis is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she teaches undergraduate music education courses and oversees music education fieldwork. In addition to her work at UMKC, McGinnis is the assistant director of the Roeland Park New Horizons Band, conducts and coaches the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy bands, and maintains a private lesson studio. Previously, McGinnis held director of band positions in Illinois and Kansas.

McGinnis’ research interests include undergraduate music education curriculum, the emotional intelligence continuum for preservice teachers, and experiences of women brass players. She has received numerous grants for her research and has published and presented at regional, national, and international levels.

As a trumpet player, McGinnis performs with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band and freelances in the Kansas City region. She was a semi-finalist in both the solo division and small ensemble division at the National Trumpet Competition, and has participated as a performer, presenter, and conductor at both the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference.

McGinnis earned her IPhD and MME degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and her undergraduate degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.