B.M., M.M., Ph.D. - Florida State University
Area of Expertise:
Choral Music Education
Jessica Nápoles is Associate Professor Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas. Previous to her appointment, she was Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Utah, where she taught coursework in choral methods, quantitative research methods, and conducted the Women’s Chorus. Her passion is in training music education students to be effective teachers, and collaborating with local schools in partnerships for her students to gain teaching opportunities.
Jessica is the conductor of the Concert Choir and teaches coursework in undergraduate teacher preparation and graduate research. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Nápoles taught in the public schools of Miami and Orlando. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and PhD in Music Education from the Florida State University, under the tutelage of Clifford Madsen, Judy Bowers, and Andre Thomas.
She is very active in her professional organizations, currently serving on the Steering Committee as Program Chair for the 2019 American Choral Directors Association national conference. She served as Honor Choir Coordinator for the National ACDA Conferences in 2015 and 2017.
Dr. Nápoles is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, frequently engaging in guest conducting opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. In addition, she is a well-known researcher, with numerous publications in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education. She is currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. Her research interests include music teacher education, teacher feedback, perceptions of effective teaching, and teacher talk, and she has presented at conferences on these topics nationally and internationally.