Kimberly McCord holds a DME from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently she is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at Illinois State University. Before coming to Illinois State she taught at Western Connecticut State University and previous to that taught K-8 general and instrumental music for the Denver Public Schools.
McCord co-authored the MENC publication Strategies for Teaching Technology
, and Chop Monster, Jr.
a jazz improvisation method for elementary general music. McCord is a frequent presenter at International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), National Association for Music Education (MENC), International Society for Music Education (ISME), American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), and state music educators conferences. She served IAJE as general music resource team member and coordinated the teacher-training track for the annual IAJE Conference. ISU hosted the NSMIT Symposium during the summer of 2003 that McCord coordinated. She currently chairs the ISME Commission for Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine. She is on the editorial board of the research journal, Journal of Technology in Music Learning
. Articles and chapters authored by McCord have been published in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education
, Music Educators Journal
, General Music Today
, Journal of Technology in Music Learning
, Connecticut Music Educators Journal
, Illinois Music Educators Journal
, Jazz Education Journal
and books; Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educators Handbook and Resource Guide
, Technology for Inclusion: Meeting the Special Needs of All Students
, The Musical Classroom and Music Makes the Difference: Programs and Partnerships
, Writing the Qualitative Dissertation
, and Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia
At Illinois State University she teaches undergraduate general music methods and graduate courses. In 1999 she was awarded an Apple Education Grant in partnership with the Brookfield Schools in Brookfield, CT. to study special needs children composing using music technology. The research from the grant was recognized with the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovations in Technology. She has also been the recipient of many grants ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to University level research grants. She was recently honored with the IAJE Education Award for outstanding contributions to the creation and leadership of the IAJE Teacher Training Track.