Kari Adams

Music Education Ph.D.

Conducting Associate, Concert Choir

KariAdams@my.unt.edu  MUED Office: MU307


Kari Adams is in her second year as a PhD student in music education with a cognate in choral conducting at the University of North Texas. She currently serves as the conducting associate for Concert Choir in addition to teaching courses in music education, working as a research assistant, and supervising student teachers. Prior to UNT, Adams earned her MA in music with emphasis in vocal performance and choral conducting from the University of Central Missouri. While at UCM, she served as a research graduate assistant, conducted Women’s Choir, and was assistant conductor for Concert Choir. Additionally, she studied voice with Dr. Stella Roden and conducting with Dr. Alan Zabriskie. She was the winner of the 2012 Concerto-Aria Competition and completed multiple voice and conducting recitals. Adams holds a BA in music education from Freed-Hardeman University where she studied conducting with Dr. Gary McKnight. 

Adams taught middle school choir, general music, and band in Knob Noster, MO. She also served as a member of the leadership team, a PLC district leader, and a mentor for elementary, middle, and high school educators. In 2015, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. She frequently gave presentations to student organizations at UCM and served as clinician for school ensembles as well as honor choirs. She is passionate about middle school choral singing and regularly serves as a clinician for middle school and junior high groups. Adams has many research interests, including student-centered pedagogy, musical self-concept, competition, and the role of growth mindset in musical development.