kelly

clingan

I am a teacher and performer with over a decade of experience in transformative music education. With a unique background in music and women studies, I am committed to driving gender and racial equity forward through music, from the beginning classroom to the professional stage. Join me in reimagining music education that links artistic excellence to empowerment and social justice.

"Thanks for everything you bring to your students and to this music program. Your humor, your enthusiasm, your ability to believe in them and relate to them, to take them seriously without being 'serious'. My daughter's middle school experience was you and music at WMS-everything else was waiting. I am pretty certain you have changed the course of her life"

- Washington Middle School music parent

Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies - 2015 JazzED Girls Ellington Project
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016-present

Education Director, Seattle JazzED,

Seattle, WA

 

2008-2016

Director of Bands, concert and jazz, Washington Middle School, Seattle, WA

www.washingtonmsmusic.com

 

2012-present

Director, Girls Ellington Project and Girls Jazz Day, Seattle JazzED, Seattle, WA

 

2004-2007

K-8 general music, choir, musical theater director, St. Patrick School, Rodeo, CA,

and St. David School, Richmond, CA

 

PRESENTATIONS

2020

"Ask a Jazz Band Director: Practical and Simple Rehearsal Techniques for Eclectic Styles in the Orchestra Classroom" American String Teachers Association, Orlando, FL

2019

"The Educational Jazz Band and Beyond: Where are the Girls?" Jazz Educators Network, Reno, NV and National Association for Music Educators Northwest Conference, Portland, OR

"Selecting High Quality Eclectic Styles Literature at all Ability Levels and How to Successfully Incorporate in Any Orchestra Program, " American String Teachers Association, Albuquerque, NM

2018

"Doing is Believing: What's Holding You Back from Teaching Eclectic Styles? (and How to Overcome It for the Sake of Your Students)," American String Teachers Association, Atlanta GA

 

2016

"The Educational Jazz Band and Beyond: Where are the Girls?" Berklee City Music Summit, Newark, NJ

"The Middle School Jam: Creating Uncommon Combos," Hawai'i Music Educators Association, Honolulu, HI

 

“The ’Common’ Approach: Integration of Common Core,” American String Teachers Association, Tampa Bay, FL

 

"If You Build It, They Will Come: Trickle Up Stringonomics" American String Teachers Association, Tampa Bay, FL

 

2015

"Benefits of the Umbrella Program: a Holistic Approach to Public Music Education," Arts Schools Network Conference, Seattle, WA

 

“Yes, It Can Be Done with Strings, and Here’s Proof,” Jazz Educators Network, San Diego, CA

 

2014

“Developing a Collaborative and Vibrant Music Department,” American String Teachers Association, Kansas City, MO 

 

 

EDUCATION

2004

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Trombone Performance, Bachelor of Women Studies,

Teaching Certification 

University of Washington, Seattle