|BS, Florida A&M University |
MM, Florida International University
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kawachi Clemons is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Dr. Clemons is the immediate past Chair of the Department of Music at FAMU (2012-2014). He is the former Director of the Hip Hop Initiative and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). While at NCCU he also served three years as the director of percussion and assistant director of the marching, pep and symphonic bands. Prior to his work at NCCU, Clemons was an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Affairs at Florida International University (FIU). He has served on the production staff of The Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show, FIU Music Festival and has managed numerous special events with Walt Disney Entertainment.
Dr. Clemons is a former music educator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. His pedagogical practices focus on the inter-relationship of artistic agency (problem-posing and problem-solving in the arts) and culturally responsive teaching. Dr. Clemons' passion for arts education was ignited by his musical experiences and friendships at Interlochen. He earned the bachelor's degree in music education from FAMU and a master of music degree in performing arts management from FIU. He received the Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught courses in Arts Education.
Dr. Clemons presents frequently on music, culture and education in national and international platforms including: the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association, the National Youth At Risk Conference, Duke University, Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya) and the Bahamas Ministry of Education. He has been invited to speak before the Board of Editor’s of the Negro Educational Review, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s John Hope Franklin Symposium, Florida Music Educators Association and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Dr. Clemons is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the National Association for Music Education, American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association, Percussive Arts Society and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association.