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Quinton Parker

From 2016 to 2021, Parker served as the Music Education Program Coordinator and Assistant Director of Symphonic and Marching Bands at North Carolina Central University. His research interests include imposter syndrome in University music students from marginalized populations, systemic injustice in collegiate musical study, implicit bias in music performance evaluation, and social justice in Music Education. His research interests are fueled by his personal commitment to advancing social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field of music.

Parker earned the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and the Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is a candidate for the PhD in Music Education from UNC Greensboro completing a dissertation titled “An Examination of the Lived Experiences of Black Undergraduate Music Education Majors in Predominantly White Schools of Music.” He also holds a NC Professional Educator’s License in K-12 Music.

As a public-school teacher, Parker taught middle and high school band and orchestra in North Carolina, including at Kestral Heights Charter School where he was Director of Instrumental Music and at James E. Shepard International Baccalaureate Middle School where he was Director of Bands.

Parker was recognized as Spectacular Magazine’s 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year in Education. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the College Music Society, the Intercollegiate Music Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.