Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Colleen McNickle

Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Education


  • PhD: Michigan State University
  • MME: University of Illinois
  • BA: Augustana College

Teaching Specialties

  • Choral Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Wellness in Music Education
  • Secondary General Music Education

Courses Taught

  • Scarlet Voices
  • Singing Statesmen
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Music
  • Vocal Techniques for Instrumentalists
  • Music Teaching Internship Supervision

Research Interests

  • Music Educator Wellness
  • Interdisciplinary Music Education
  • Social Emotional Learning in Music
  • Music Teacher Technology Utilization


  • National Association for Music Educators 
  • American Choral Directors Association  
  • Society for Music Teacher Education


Dr. Colleen McNickle is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Arkansas State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and conducts Scarlet Voices and the Singing Statesmen. With a PhD in Music Education and Choral Cognate from Michigan State University, Colleen’s scholarly interests include music educator wellness and interdisciplinary choral education. Colleen previously taught middle school and high school choirs, piano, ukulele, and music theory in Illinois and earned her BA in Music Education from Augustana College and her MME in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

An active clinician, Colleen has presented research and practice sessions at the Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education, Music and Wellbeing Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Learning and Teaching, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Conference, the American Choral Directors Association North Central Conference, the New Directions in Music Education Conference and at state music educator conferences in Michigan, Texas, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia. Upcoming presentations include “Wellness Starts with Me”: Choir Teacher Wellness Experiences and Perceptions at the SMTE 2021 Symposium on Music Teacher Education and Butterflies, and Jitters, and Sweaty Palms, Oh My! Understanding Performance Anxiety at the 2022 SWACDA "Together" Conference.

Colleen McNickle

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3801


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 133