Kathy Melago is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She supervises music field experience students and student teachers and teaches Introduction to Music Education, Woodwind Methods, Guitar Methods for Music Education, Instrumental Methods, Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques, and Introduction to Music courses. Kathy 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. She has taught music in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio, both in schools and privately.
Kathy enjoys engaging in professional writing, and she has been published in periodicals including Flute Talk, The Instrumentalist, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Journal, and Canadian Music Educator/Musicien éducateur au Canada. Kathy was the first-place winner in the Arts Division of the 23rd Annual Ohio State University Hayes Graduate Research Forum in 2009. She has presented for The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conference, National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, Ohio Music Educators Association Conferences, New Jersey Music Education Association Conference, Outreach Scholarship Conferences, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference, Florida Music Educators Association Conference, and at National Flute Association Annual Conventions.
As a flutist, Kathy has performed as a soloist and 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 District Director for the Eastern Great Lakes 2 District of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, the president of the Pittsburgh Flute Club, and as the Exhibitor Concert and Showcase Coordinator for the National Flute Association. At Slippery Rock University, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Slippery Rock University Chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association and on numerous committees, including the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) committee, the College of Education Teacher Education Advisory Council, the College of Education Teacher Education Chairs Council, and the Academic Affairs Committee Addressing High-Impact Practices. Kathy also teaches in the distance-learning program for the Community College of Allegheny County and she regularly serves as flutist at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Pittsburgh.
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 University 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.