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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Kathryn Strickland

Dr. Kathryn Strickland



111 Fine Arts


660.562.1346 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2013

Assistant Professor

Department Chair and Director of Athletic Bands


  • Ph.D. Music Education, Louisiana State University
  • Master of Music Education, Louisiana State University
  • Bachelor of Music Education, Louisiana State University

Courses Taught



  • Secondary Methods in Instrumental Music
  • Introduction to Music Education
  • Bearcat Marching Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Methods
  • Applied Percussion
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Oversees the Northwest Basketball Pep Band
  • Current Issues in Instrumental Music Education
  • Graduate Applied Percussion

Academic Interests

Dr. Strickland’s interests include innovative technology for teaching intonation to instrumental musicians, participation in music across the lifespan, varied pedagogical approaches to the instrumental ensemble sight-reading experience, hearing loss among wind and percussion players, and quality teaching methods for young percussionists.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Strickland has published articles and presented conference clinics and research posters on the topics of instrumental intonation, music student motivation and retention, percussion pedagogy, and instrumental ensemble sight-reading at both the state (Louisiana and Missouri) and National levels, including the NAfME Bi-ennial Conference. She also co-created the RTPTC, or Real-Time Pitch Tracker and Corrector, a computer program designed to teach instrumentalist’s intonation skills via real time auto-tuning.

Student Group Advisement

  • Kappa Kappa Psi International Band Fraternity

Other Professional Experiences

During her graduate work at Louisiana State University, Dr. Strickland worked with the Tiger Marching Band, co-conducted the Bengal Brass Basketball Band and Symphonic Band, and served as arranger for the LSU Drumline. She also taught courses in the areas of Music Education, Woodwind Methods and Music Education Technology.

A veteran teacher of 13 years in the public schools of Louisiana, Strickland spearheaded changes and additions to the Louisiana All-State Percussion Audition Materials and has served as a board member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. She is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician of marching bands, concert bands, and percussion groups of all ages. She currently serves as Missouri State Chair for the National Band Association.

Professional Memberships include:

  • Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity
  • Honorary member, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
  • National Association for Music Education
  • National Band Association
  • Percussive Arts Society