Associate Professor in Music Education
Cory Meals (Music Education) teaches undergraduate courses in secondary instrumental music education focusing on band and graduate courses in music education research. A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Washington.
Dr. Meals’ research interests include ensemble conducting, perception and cognition of gesture in music, music and human learning, individual and ensemble instrument pedagogy, sociocultural interaction within music ensembles, and preservice teacher preparation. His work has been published in several journals include Frontiers in Psychology and he has presented at research and professional development conferences across North America, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
He previously served as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Kennesaw State University (GA), and additionally served as a public-school band director in the Waller (TX), Klein (TX), and Keller (TX) school districts. He has an established history in the marching arts, both as an instructor for numerous groups including The Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Boston Crusaders and as a visual designer for groups across North America.
He is an active clinician in schools across Texas and is keenly interested in the cross-pollination of research and practice within instrumental music education.