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Dr. Kim Barclift

Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Kim Barclift is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her responsibilities include leading the instrumental music education program, the instruction of instrumental music techniques, supervision of student teachers, and instructing graduate courses in music education. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Elon University in Elon, NC, working with the concert band, wind ensemble, marching band, and basketball and volleyball pep bands. Additionally, Dr. Barclift supervised student teachers pursuing degrees in instrumental music education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Dr. Barclift served as a graduate teaching assistant, where she was an instructor of Teaching Woodwinds Laboratory and Marching Band Techniques. She also assisted with undergraduate music education courses, including, Introduction to Teaching Instrumental Music, Foundations of Teaching Instrumental Music, Instrumental Music in Schools, and Foundations of Teaching for Musical Understanding.


Originally from eastern North Carolina, Dr. Barclift holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she was distinguished as a Minerva Scholar. As a National Board Certified Teacher, she taught middle and high school bands in eastern North Carolina for 21 years. Dr. Barclift has been an active concert and marching band guest clinician and adjudicator.


Research interests include exploring the skills and dispositions of effective music teachers, music teacher reflection and self-evaluation, and bridging the gap between pre- and in-service music teachers. Her dissertation, Experienced Music Teachers’ and Music Teacher Educators’ Ratings of Skills and Dispositions Important to Successful Music Teaching, has spurned discussion concerning the personal, musical, and teaching skills required for successful music teaching. Dr. Barclift has presented her research on “Exploring Preservice Music Teachers’ Self-Reflection: A Comparison of Immediate and Video Reflection” at the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) national conference, a study co-authored with Dr. Rebecca B. MacLeod. She presented a session at the Eastern Division Conference of NAfME in Rochester, NY, entitled “Let Students Do What? Facilitating a Collaborative Large Ensemble Rehearsal.” Furthermore, Dr. Barclift has presented at the North Carolina Music Educators Association conference as a panelist for Women Band Directors Professional Learning Community on two occasions.


Dr. Barclift holds membership in the American School Band Directors, Hawaiʻi Music Educators Association, and NAfME.