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Alison Farley

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. Alison Farley is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia where she teaches courses in instrumental music education, psychology of music, curriculum and supervision, and world music pedagogy, and advises undergraduate and graduate students. 
Prior to her appointment at UGA, Dr. Farley was a Lecturer of Music Education at the University of Washington where she taught courses in music education and conducted the concert band.  She was also a Research Coordinator at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at UW, coordinating a study on the influence of music-making on children's pro-social behavior (PI: Tal-Chen Rabinwitch).  Her research interests include the mental health and well-being of college music students, student-directed learning, teacher education, and cognition and perception of performance from written notation.  Dr. Farley has presented her research at international, national, and state conferences and has publications in Psychology of Music, Frontiers in Psychology, and Contributions to Music Education.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Farley taught public school in Steelville, MO (near St. Louis) where she taught middle and high school band, jazz band, and chorus.  Alison was also on the Brass Staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2010 where she was also a 2002-2003 alum of the mellophone section.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Farley was active as an arranger and drill designer for collegiate and high school bands across the United States.

Dr. Farley holds a BME from the University of Kansas, an MM in Wind Conducting from the University of Louisville, and a PhD from the University of Washington.


PhD in Music Education, University of Washington
MM in Wind Conducting, University of Louisville
BME in Music Education, University of Kansas

Music Areas:
Selected Publications:

Farley, A. & Kelley, J. (2023). Music performance anxiety and self-compassion in college-level music majors. Psychology of Music, 51(4), 1275-1287. 

Thomas, M., Norgaard, M., Stambaugh, L. A., Atkins, R. L., Kumar, A. B., & Farley, A. L. (2021). Online involvement for Georgia student teachers during COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:648028, 1-11. 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.648028   

Kelley, J. & Farley, A. (2019). Self-compassion levels in music and non-music students. Contributions to Music Education, 44, 167-184.

Courses Regularly Taught:
Of note:

2024 Recipient of the Freshman Year Odyssey Teaching Award
2023 Active Learning Summer Institute (ALSI) Participant
2020 Alum of the UGA Lilly Teaching Fellows Program

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UGA Music Education Faculty Rebecca Atkins (left) and Alison Farley (right) traveled to Warsaw, Poland in August, 2023 and presented at the International Symposium for Performance Science (ISPS) alongside…

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