William J. Coppola will join the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music as Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning in August 2021, where he will teach graduate courses in music education research methods, community music, and music education philosophy. He was previously Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of North Texas.


His primary research interest examines the role of humility and egotism as they pertain to the ethical and prosocial development of musicians and music educators. His research has been recently published in the Journal of Research in Music Education; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Psychology of Music; Music Education Research; the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education; General Music Today; the Journal of Popular Music Education; and others. He is also co-author of World Music Pedagogy, Volume IV: Instrumental Music Education (Routledge, 2018) with Mark Montemayor and Christopher Mena, and World Music Pedagogy, Volume VII: World Music in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020) with David G. Hebert and Patricia Shehan Campbell.

He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Washington and his master's at New York University. Dr. Coppola is a certified Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy and Kodály educator. He was previously an elementary music director for New York City Public Schools in Bayside, Queens. He also served as the Vice President of the Kodály Organization of New York (KONY).