Sangmi Kang is an Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to this appointment, she served as an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College as well as taught pre-K to 12th grade general music in South Korea and the United States.
As a general music specialist, Dr. Kang is passionate about music teaching and learning practices that nurture ethnorelative mindsets and effectively engage music students in the 21st century. Her research interests include cultural diversity, intercultural approaches to music education, intrinsic motivation, and 21st-century skills. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Psychology of Music, Music Educators Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Journal of General Music Education. She has presented her work at international, national, and regional music education conferences, such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), the Asian-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) conference, American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. She currently serves on the editorial boards in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, and Research Perspectives in Music Education.
Dr. Kang is a professional performer on the Gayageum (a traditional Korean stringed instrument). She has performed at several institutions, among them Westminster Choir College, the University of Florida, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Music Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Music with a focus on Gayageum performance, from Seoul National University in South Korea.