Linda Neelly, PhD

Full Time Lecturer


Music Education
Curriculum Vitae



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204D


2000Eastman School of MusicPhD
1992Eastman School of MusicMM


  • Music Education Elementary and Secondary Methods
  • Vocal Performance
  • Teacher Education
  • Keyboard



A study of children's musical experiences in learning rhythm, in singing, in reading music, in developing listening skills, and in classroom instrumental activities coupled with pre-practicum observation in local schools. Also open to UMass Dartmouth students concentrating in Education.

The methods and materials of the complete music programs in Middle and High schools with required observation for pre-practicum.


Research Interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Music
  • Music Teaching and Learning with Special Needs Populations

Linda Page Neelly, PhD is a Full Time Instructor in Music at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she teaches courses in music teacher education and supervises music student teachers. Following her academic work at the Eastman School of Music, she served as Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut for 16 years, initiating the Integrated Bachelor Master program in music education. Her areas of research focus include music teacher education, early childhood education, and special needs. She has authored numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and presented as various international, national, and regional music education conferences. She served as content specialist with Sesame Street on web productions, and she has consulted in early childhood music with the Metropolitan Opera, the National Opera in Washington D.C., WestED Research agency, and numerous school districts across the nation. As a performer she has been highlighted in roles with the Rochester Opera Company, Eastman Musica, Brighton Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and others. She has performed over 30 roles in musical theatre and opera.

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