Skip to content


Loneka BattisteLoneka Battiste

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Hired: 2014

University of Tennessee
School of Music
203 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7515

Loneka Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Drawing on 12 years of experience teaching children in school and community settings, she now teaches elementary general and middle school choral methods and graduate courses in music education. She has presented several papers and sessions at local, national, and international conferences and symposia and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary, middle school, and community choirs. As a former member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, she completed her dissertation entitled “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals” in 2014. Her work has been published in the Choral Journal and the Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education.She currently serves as Music Education Representative for the Southern Region of the College Music Society and on the Council for the Tennessee Music Education Association as the Society for Music Teacher Education Representative and Research Chair. She has also served in various leadership positions in the Society for Ethnomusicology, including Co-Chair of the Education Section, Co-Chair of the Crossroads Section, and Co-Chair of the Gertrude Robinson Network of Scholars.

Loneka’s scholarly interests in music education include equity and inclusion, multicultural  education, and culturally responsive teaching. She frequently presents on the artistic style of Moses Hogan, African American music aesthetics, and various musics of the African diaspora. In 2019, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil and studied coco, a musical tradition of the Brazilian northeast, in the Xambá community of Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil. While in Brazil, she gave lectures on African American musics and formed a gospel choir at UFPE. She also gave lectures on culturally responsive teaching at UFPE, Universidade Federal de Paraiba, and Artefatos da Cultura Negra in Ceará. Her relationship with UFPE and the Xambá community is ongoing. Through the University of Tennessee’s Global Catalyst Award, she is building a teaching and research exchange program between UFPE, the Xambá community, and the university’s music education program.

Her current research addresses the history of African American music education and the training of African American music teachers. She serves as Minister of Music at Metropolitan Community Church of Knoxville.

  • Ph.D. in Music Education – Louisiana State University (December 2014)
  • M.M. in Vocal Performance – University of Oklahoma (December 2001)
  • B.A. in Music Education – Dillard University (May 1999)
  • Battiste, L. (2020). “His light still shines: A sound ideal for Moses Hogan spirituals.” Choral Journal, 61(3).
  • Battiste, L. (2020). “Embracing diverse pedagogies in music teaching and learning.” Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education.
  • Workshop: “Culturally Responsive Teaching: More than Repertoire Choices” at Southeast Conference of Kodály Educators, November 2020
  • Panel: “Decolonial and Anti-Racist Practices in Ethnographic Fulbright Research” at Fulbright Association Virtual Conference, October 2020
  • Workshop: “Culturally Responsive Teaching: More than Repertoire Choices” at Oklahoma Kodály Educators (Virtual), September 2020
  • Presentation: “African American Music Aesthetics” at Keeping the Beat by Tennessee Music Education Association, July 2020
  • Webinar: “Ring Shout!” at World Music Pedagogy: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture Professional Development Webinar, June 2020
  • Webinar: “Performing Moses Hogan Spirituals” at National Association for Music Education Online Professional Development Series, May 2020
  • Paper (Cancelled due to COVID): “Embracing Diverse Pedagogies” at International Society for Music Education Semi-Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 2020
  • Course (Cancelled due to COVID): “Culturally Responsive Teaching with Kodaly” at Holy Family College Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program, Manitowoc, WI, June 2020
  • Presentation (Cancelled due to COVID): “Meu Coco e Forte” at Tennessee Music Education Association State Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2020
  • Presentation (Cancelled due to COVID): with Royse, D. & Royse, M. “Teaching and Assessing Special-needs Students in K-12 Music Classrooms” at Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) National Conference on Preparing the Workforce for Equitable Teaching and Learning, Austin, Texas, March 2020
  • Panelist: “Future of Music Public Forum” at Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, December 2019
  • Invited Paper: “ ‘Ensino Culturalmente Relacionado’ na Educação Musical,” at     Universidade Federal de Paraiba, João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil, September, 2019
  • Invited Paper: “Me Tornando Toby, Recuperando Kunte” at Artefatos da Cultura Negra in Crato, Ceará, Brazil, September 2019
  • Keynote: “ ‘Ensino Culturalmente Relacionado’ na Educação Musical,” at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, August, 2019
  • Invited Paper: “Vision 20/70: Addressing the Lack of Diversity Among Music Educators,” at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 2019
  • Invited Panel: “Cultural Diversity, World Music Pedagogy and the Music of the African American Diaspora in Education” at National Association for Music Education Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, November, 2018
  • Lecture: “Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Music Teaching and Learning” at 2018-2019 Teaching and Learning Lecture Series, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, October 2018
  • Panel: “Academic Civility and the University Program” at College Music Society National Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 2018
  • Invited Panel: “Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity and Access in Music Education” at National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2018
  • Workshop: “Culturally Responsive Teaching with Kodály” at Southeastern Conference of Kodály Educators, Chattanooga, TN, February 2018
  • Paper: “Moses Hogan as Entrepreneur: Obstacles, Victories, and Lessons,” at College Music Society Southern Region Conference, Albany, GA, November 2017

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.