William Coppola

William Coppola
University of Southern California | USC · Thornton School of Music

PhD

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Introduction
William J. Coppola is assistant professor of music education at the University of North Texas. Research interests include the role of humility and egoism in musical participation, positive psychology of music education, social justice in music education, cultural diversity in music education, music education philosophy, and collective identity formation in participatory musical settings.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - July 2021
University of North Texas
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
October 2015 - June 2018
University of Washington Seattle
Field of study
  • Music Education
September 2009 - May 2011
New York University
Field of study
  • Music Education
September 2004 - May 2008
Hofstra University
Field of study
  • Music Business

Publications

Publications (18)
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World Music Pedagogy, Volume IV: Instrumental Music Education provides the perspectives and resources to help music educators craft world-inclusive instrumental music programs in their teaching practices. Given that school instrumental music programs―concert bands, symphony orchestras, and related ensembles―have borne musical traditions that broadl...
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In any form, musical participation is an intimately social activity. Yet, as musicians unflinchingly commit their fullest selves to shared musical collaborations, the natural human penchant for self-interest inevitably comes along for the journey, threatening to compromise collectivistic desires with more egocentric comportments. Undeniably, the eg...
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Cultural humility has gained traction as a potentially transformative construct in social justice work, compelling practitioners to engage in a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique to recognize the limitations of their knowledge, practice openness toward others, and actively work to mitigate systemic inequities. In this paper, we d...
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Humility is an important social virtue for musicians as they expose their own egos in the pursuit of artistic self-expression. Research findings have confirmed that humility is an important virtue of strength that lends itself meaningfully to prosocial and ethical interactions among musicians and music educators. In this article, I synthesize resea...
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In this paper, I critique the ways in which music education professionals-especially the dominant voices within our field-engage in dialogue through social media outlets such as Facebook. While social media has become a valuable and ubiquitous discursive tool within our field, especially in that it theoretically removes the "ivory tower" of dialogu...
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In this study, I build on growing research examining humility in musical contexts by investigating whether band students perceive humility to be a positive and desirable social quality or a social weakness among band directors. Middle school, high school, and undergraduate band students ( N = 117) evaluated the likability, knowledgeability, and pre...
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Humility is considered to be an important social virtue, particularly in interpersonal contexts. Given the highly social nature of music participation, researchers have begun exploring the potential role that humility might play in music education. The purpose of this study was to examine how middle school, high school, and undergraduate band stude...
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Christopher Small (1998) famously explored the role of the performance venue in framing the music experiences of audience members. While Small observed how audiences consume music in the classical symphony hall, we might also consider how performance venues frame global music experiences as well. In this article, I suggest that considering the spac...
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In this study I conduct a dramaturgical analysis to examine the performance of social identity among the members a competitive high school jazz band located in the western United States. Using dramaturgical theory (Goffman, E. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Anchor Books.), which uses a metaphor with the theatre to interpret human...
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The purpose of this study was to construct and validate a psychometric measure of humility in musical contexts. Using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) ( N = 423), we demonstrated initial evidence for the validity of a theoretical model of musical humility. We used CFA to test an a priori model building from prior research, which confirmed five fa...
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For this research, I utilized an ethnographic case study to examine the role of humility within a competitive high school jazz band in the western United States. The current study draws from recent humility research stemming from the field of positive psychology and offers an initial understanding of these perspectives in music education. From this...
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This article chronicles a four-month facilitative teaching collaboration between a music education team from the University of Washington and youth enrolled in a Native American tribal school in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The collaboration embraced a creative process honouring student voices, community values, principles of indigen...
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As a jazz educator and musician, I have often experienced an incongruency between the formalized customs found in many educational jazz performances and the more informal conventions emblematic to the art form. As jazz music has historically migrated from clubs to concert halls, a renegotiation of musicians' and audiences' social behaviors has foll...

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