Joy A. Galliford

Title/Position: Lecturer, Music Education


What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

1) Receiving the 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year Award

2) Administrating and Teaching in the University of Miami MusicTime Program

3) Producing two CDs for Children:  Experience the Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

4) Being recognized as a national and international researcher who is driven to find answers to current questions supporting the importance of music in the development of the young child.

5)  Serving as the 2006-2010 Kendall United Methodist Church Team Leader to assist families less fortunate in the region of Port Antonio, Jamaica. 

Why do you teach?

For me, teaching is life. It motivates me to be the best mentor I can be. Through teaching, I can be a living example of someone who can pass on the gift of music to many others who can then do the same. I want my students to be taught by a model who not only knows and understands the subject matter, but who is passionate about what they do, cares about them as individuals, and allows them to imagine the possibilities for their future as teachers and musicians.

How were you influenced by your teachers?

My first music teacher was my mother. She played the piano in our home continuously even before I was born and wanted each of her children to know the joy that comes from music as well as its importance.

Career Highlights:

Joy Galliford was the first music graduate student to receive the University of Miami Edward Foote, II Award for Excellence in Student Leadership in 2003.

Galliford, along with co-author Dr. Joyce Jordan, has recently written Experience the Music, a literacy-based curriculum using music activities that engage children in singing, focused listening, movement and the playing of rhythm instruments.

Dr. Galliford has made presentations at national and state conferences in the United States. She is currently the Consulting Editor of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

Galliford has been featured on several local television programs discussing the merits of early childhood music education. She also continues to host the “Mozart for Children Concert,” part of the annual Mainly Mozart Festival Series in Miami, Florida.

She was a public and private school music teacher for more than 22 years and is and Director of Music at Kendall United Methodist Church. Galliford resides in Miami with her husband, Bill, and two children, Alaina and Nathaniel.

Short Biography:

Joy A. Galliford is a lecturer and researcher in the Music Education Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She received the prestigious 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year Award from the Florida Music Educators Association and has presented at such conferences as the International Early Childhood Music and Movement Association Conference, the FMEA Conference, and Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods (Mountain Lake, VA). Dr. Galliford recently attended an early childhood pedagogy conference in Greensboro (NC) and the Arts Conference in Chicago. She hosted a concert called “Mozart for Children,” as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival XIII. Along with Dr. Joyce Jordan and the South Dade Childcare Center of the Archdiocese of Miami, Galliford received one of the four 2006 Awards of Excellence given by the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County. She and Dr. Jordan are the co-writers of Experience the Music, a literacy-based music curriculum for children ages 3 to 5. Dr. Galliford is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association and Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, Phi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, and National Guild of Piano Teachers.

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"One of my life goals is to be a person who is missed and not simply remembered. Teaching is a profession that provides me with the opportunity to accomplish that goal." —Joy Galliford

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