Joyce McCall was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she taught introductory music teaching courses, advanced instrumental methods, and jazz methods. McCall also served as an assistant band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas, and a woodwind and marching band specialist in Alabama, Arizona, and Mississippi.
McCall’s research centers on issues of race, class, and culture, and cultural responsiveness and responsibility. In addition, she investigates how digital music platforms might expand our perceptions of what artistry, creativity, and equity might look like in the 21st century music classroom. She positions her research towards actively abolishing the status quo and transforming those exclusive structures in music education that have been historically inaccessible to underrepresented racial and ethnic bodies into spaces that are unrestricted and socially conscious. She has presented sessions and research at the American Educators Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Mountain Lake Colloquium. McCall published articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News.
McCall has proudly served as a clarinetist and saxophonist in the United States Army Bands from 1999 to 2013. During her service, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Alabama; 41st Army Band in Jackson, Mississippi; 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas; and 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2016, McCall was also presented the Minority Access National Role Model Award. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.