Dr. Frank Diaz Appointed as Associate Professor of Music Education (Strings)


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Diaz as Associate Professor of Music Education (Strings). Dr. Diaz comes to the Conservatory from the University of Oregon, Eugene, where he is assistant professor of music education.

At UO he coordinates the string music education program, supervises student teachers, and teaches courses in music education, psychology of music, and research methodology. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, where he provides artistic, organizational, and educational leadership to the 350+ students, faculty, and staff involved in the organization. Diaz is currently President-Elect of the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA), and is past Chair of the Affective Response Special Research Interest Group for the Society for Research in Music Education. He also serves as coordinator of the Music Learning, Perception, and Cognition Focus Group at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Oregon, Diaz was an instrumental music teacher for school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, where his ensembles were invited to perform at the Music Educators National Conference and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. As a conductor, Diaz has led performances with the Florida State University Symphony and Philharmonia, the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble, and with various honor groups and youth symphonies throughout Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. He continues to maintain an active schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, with upcoming engagements in Oregon, Wisconsin, and North Carolina among others.

As a scholar, Diaz has published research on motivation, pitch memory, affective response, mindfulness, flow experiences, and music teacher education, with articles appearing in Psychology of Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Oregon Music Educator, and Kansas Music Review. He has also served as a guest reviewer for Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, and Mindfulness, and is on the editorial board of the Oregon Music Educator. His current research deals with the potential role of mindfulness-based practices on musicians’ wellness, and with psychophysiological responses during music listening, teaching, and performance.

Professor Diaz holds a PhD in Music Education from Florida State University, MM degrees in Instrumental Conducting & Performance from the University of South Florida, and a BME from Florida State University.

Welcome Professor Diaz!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949