UM Frost School of Music Lecturer and Researcher Dr. Joy Galliford Receives Prestigious Music Honor

January 20, 2010 — Coral Gables--Dr. Joy Galliford, a University of Miami Frost School of Music lecturer and researcher, is this year’s 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year. Dr. Galliford received the top honor on Friday, January 8 at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa, Florida. The College Music Educators designation is awarded to a college music educator who has served his/her students, community and profession in an exemplary manner.

“I am thrilled to receive this award, “ said Dr. Galliford. “Music is my passion and to be recognized for it from such a prestigious group, amongst so many talented people, is just outstanding,” she concluded. The award recognizes outstanding merit in college-level music teaching or music administration. The recipient must have demonstrated notable achievements as a music education professional for ten or more years.

Besides her research and lecture work at UM, Dr. Galliford is well known on campus as Dr. Joy, where she is also the Director of a UM grants project called UM MusicTime. Through this program, she passes on her love of music and teaches students ranging in age from birth to 92. A native of Reedsville, West Virginia, Dr. Galliford attended UM where she received a BM, MM and Ph.D. in music education.

“Dr. Galliford's notable achievements have a great impact on music educators across the state and the thousands of students they teach, “ said Debbie Fahmie, FMEA’s Awards Chair and award presenter.

Dr. Galliford has been 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 throughout her distinguished career. She has proven herself as an educator and mentor not only in the classroom, but in such public settings as Director of Music for Kendall United Methodist Church, Concert Host for the Mainly Mozart Concert Series and assisting the underserved internationally.

Three of her greatest joys are her husband, Bill, and two children, Alaina and Nathaniel.


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Dr. Joy Galliford, recipient of 2010 FMEA College Music Educator of the Year Award, pictured with daughter Alaina Galliford (B.M. '10)