Nancy Conley is the Director of Music Education at Clayton State University, where she teaches courses in music education, improvisation, music appreciation, and applied studio violin and viola. As Director of Music Education, Ms. Conley coordinates the music education program and supervises student teachers. In addition to her teaching duties, she is the co-director of the Clayton County Honor Orchestra.
Ms. Conley received the B.M. in music education and performance from Ithaca College and the M.M. in music performance from Binghamton University. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. in music education with a viola performance cognate at Michigan State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Clayton State, Ms. Conley taught at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she taught string technique and pedagogy classes and developed the Lab Ensemble, a course that encourages preservice music teachers to use improvisation, arranging, and composition in the classroom. In addition, Ms. Conley developed the Musician Wellness course, and directed the National String Project at Crane.
Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Ms. Conley was a public school music educator in upstate New York, where she taught elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music for seventeen years. An active performer while teaching, Ms. Conley played with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera Company, and the Edgewood String Quartet. As a doctoral student, Ms. Conley performed with the Lansing Symphony, and was a member of the Orchestra of Northern New York in Potsdam while teaching at Crane.
Ms. Conley has served as a clinician for school music festivals and summer music programs, and has presented her research at the both the state and national level. Her research interests include the use of improvisation as a tool for teaching and life-long learning, social justice in music education, teacher education, and musician wellness. Ms. Conley holds the certification for Music Learning Theory Elementary General Music Level One, and has completed teacher training for Suzuki Violin Level One and Two.
Ms. Conley is a member of the American String Teachers Association, College Music Society, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Mu Phi Epsilon.