Dr. Kathleen Melago
Kathy Melago is supervisor of music student teachers at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and teaches music education and introduction to music courses. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Slippery Rock University, her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Kathy has taught music in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio, both in schools and privately.
Kathy enjoys research and writing, and has recently been published in Flute Talk, The Instrumentalist, and OMEA Triad (Ohio). She is a frequent contributor to The Principal’s Office, a web resource that reaches over 5,000 subscribers throughout the state of Ohio each month and that is supported by The Ohio State University. She was the first-place winner in the Arts Division of the 23rd Annual Ohio State University Hayes Graduate Research Forum in 2009. Kathy has presented for the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division conference, Ohio Music Educators Association Conferences, Outreach Scholarship Conferences, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events, and at National Flute Association Annual Conventions. She is looking forward to presenting at The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in December 2011.
As a flutist, Kathy has performed with ensembles at National Flute Association conventions, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, the Iowa Bandmasters Association conference, and the Ohio Music Educators Association conference. She was the flute soloist with The Ohio State University Collegiate Winds, performing Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino, Opus 107, in May 2010. Additionally, Kathy has performed with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque (Iowa) Chamber Winds, National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir, National Intercollegiate Band, Butler (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra, and numerous college ensembles at Slippery Rock University, the University of Northern Iowa, and The Ohio State University. Her principal flute teachers include Katherine Borst Jones, Angeleita Floyd, Stacey Steele, and Vanessa Candreva.
Kathy serves as the faculty advisor for the Slippery Rock University Chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association. She is the District Director for the Eastern Great Lakes 2 District of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. Kathy serves on numerous committees at Slippery Rock University, including the planning committee for the National Student Teaching and Supervision Conference, the College of Education Chairpersons Council, the College of Education Teacher Education Chairs Council, and the Teacher Education Advisory Council. She also teaches in the distance-learning program for the Community College of Allegheny County.
While earning her doctorate at Ohio State, Kathy worked as the graduate assistant for The Ohio State University P-12 Project, a university-wide initiative created to assist in improving Ohio's schools, with a special focus on the education of Ohio's underserved children and youth through the development of strong partnerships and the fostering of effective research and practice in P-12 education. Other past appointments include teaching flute and establishing and directing the flute choir at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to that, Kathy served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching the Flute Techniques class for music education majors and applied flute lessons.