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 and taught pre-K to 12th-grade general music in South Korea and the United States.
Dr. Kang’s research interests include cultural discourses in music education, intrinsic motivation, and technology and creativity. As a general music specialist, she is genuinely passionate about researching how music teachers and students respond to diverse cultures and how to serve underserved populations by implementing culturally responsive and informed approaches in music classrooms.
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, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. Dr. Kang currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and the Korean Journal of Research in Music Education. Additionally, she is on the research committee in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).
Dr. Kang is a professional performer on the Gayageum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument. She has performed at several institutions, including 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 earned 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.