Dr. Norma D. McClellan

Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Music Education, 1996
  • Master of Science in Education, Missouri State University, Music Education, 1988
  • Bachelor of Science in Education BSE, Missouri State University, Music Education, 1980


  • MUS 305: Survey Classroom Instruments
  • MUS 340: Adaptive Music
  • MUS 430: Teaching Music in the Grades
  • MUS 503: Orff in the Classroom
  • MUS 504
  • MUS 690

Research and professional interests

Norma McClellan is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Missouri State University. Dr. McClellan,  a member of the graduate faculty taught numerous graduate classes, Introduction to Music Education, Elementary Music Methods Classes, Adaptive Music Methods and Classroom Instruments. She oversees thesis preparation for graduate students  and supervises student teachers in music. A former music teacher in Springfield Public Schools and frequent choral adjudicator and choir clinician.   Dr. McClellan has served has directed numerous children's choirs for over 40 years and served one term as director of the Children's Choirs of Southwest Missouri. She has published studies related to children's music skills and effective teaching practices in several professional music journals and presented numerous workshops for area music teachers. She serves on the editorial board of Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education as well as the Board of Directors for Boys Choir of Springfield.

Awards and honors

  • International Advisor of the Year, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music professional fraternity, 2007
  • University Teaching Award, Missouri State University, 2006, 1999
  • Outstanding IDS Teacher of the Year Award, Missouri State University, 2003
  • University Service Award, Missouri State University, 2003
  • College of Arts and Letters Service award, College of Arts and Letters, 2000