Karen E. Clark
Phone: +1 (607) 778-5326
Degrees: B.A., Education (Concentration: Music Education), Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.; M.S.Ed, Teaching Students with Disabilities. (Concentration: Severe and Multiple Disabilities), State University of New York, College at Cortland.; Ph.D. A.B.D., in progress, Educational Research and Evaluation, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Karen Clark, Adjunct, is a music educator teaching instrumental music (grades 4-12) in a small, rural community in upstate NY. She is President of the Chenango County music educator’s association (ACAMT) and is a staunch advocate for music education in public schools.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her M.S.Ed in Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities from the State University of New York, College at Cortland. A large aspect of her research at Cortland continues in practice in her public-school band room where she and her ensembles work hard to include students with disabilities in all ensembles at all levels.
Her dissertation involved developing an empirically validated assessment for instrumental music education. Her other research interests include: assessing correlations between instrumental music performance and mathematics/ELA performance on LSAs; student motivation to practice and self-regulation; the implementation of the Common Core Standards on arts enrollment; increasing student motivation to practice; Including Students with Disabilities in Band and Orchestra Programs; and policy analysis of the Common Core – does it disregard the needs of diversified learners and special Populations.
Karen performs regularly as a keyboardist in pit orchestras for community theatre and school musicals. She is the founder of Afton Community Theater’s Summer Theatre Workshop, now in its 5th season and is the Resident Music Director for Afton Community Theater. Prior to 2009, her family hailed from South Florida, where she taught gifted Math/Science/Social Studies to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in a self-contained classroom. She and her husband have two daughters.