Welcome to Arkansas State University!

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
  • Elementary Conducting
  • Leadership in Contemporary Music Education
  • Music Teaching Internship Seminar
  • 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


Music enthusiast, choral educator, and life-long learner, 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 conducted choirs and presented research and practice sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally. Upcoming engagements include two presentations at the 2023 American Choral Directors Association National Conference: 'TikTok and Choir: An Unexpected Pairing' and 'Connecting with the Chor-US: Building Ensemble through Social Emotional Learning.' Colleen is the founder and author of Inspired Choir, a blog for choir leaders, singers, and enthusiasts. 

Colleen McNickle

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3801


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 133