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research & publications




Coppola, W. J. (forthcoming). Egotism, elitism, and the ethics of musical humility. Oxford University Press.

Coppola, W. J., Hebert, D. G., & Campbell, P. S. (2020). World Music Pedagogy, Vol. VII: World music in higher education. Routledge.

Montemayor, M., Coppola, W. J., & Mena, C. (2018). World Music Pedagogy, Vol. IV: Instrumental music education. Routledge.


Kohfeld, J. M., Coppola, W. J., Mena, C., Shakerifard, S., & Campbell, P. S. (2019). Teaching and learning improvisation: Culture-specific cases of a cross-cultural musical act. In G.G. Johansen, K. Holdus, C. Larsson, & U. MacGlone (Eds.), Expanding the space for improvisation in pedagogy: A transdisciplinary approach. Routledge.


Coppola, W. J. (2022). Can arts institutions be virtuous? Collective virtues, vices, and epistemic responsibility. Arts Education Policy Review, advanced online publication, 1–13. 


Coppola, W. J. (2023). The essence of arrogance: A phenomenology of musical egotism. Research Studies in Music Education, 45(2), 298–314.

Coppola, W. J., & Taylor, D. (2022). Cultural humility in music teacher education: Toward transformative dialogues on power, privilege, and social (in)equity. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 21(1), 110–141.

Coppola, W. J. (2021). Theme and variations on a virtue: Humility as a multidimensional construct for music educators. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, advanced online publication, 1–9.

Coppola, W. J. (2021). What if Freire had Facebook? A critical interrogation of social media woke culture among privileged voices in music education discourse. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 20(1), 16–52. 

Coppola, W. J. (2021). Students' social perceptions of humility and arrogance among band directors. Journal of Research in Music Education. Advance online publication, 1­–19.

Coppola, W. J. (2021). From clubs to concert halls: The influence of performance venue on collective identity formation in jazz. Jazz Education in Research and Practice, 2(1), 135–153  

Coppola, W. J. (2021). Matters of place and space in school-based performances of world music. General Music Today, 34(2), 13–18.

Coppola, W. J., Kumar, A. B., & Hook, J. N. (2021). Measuring humility in musical contexts: Initial development of the Musical Humility Scale. Psychology of Music, 49(4), 1047–1057. 


Coppola, W. J. (2020). An artistic virtue? Student perceptions of humility in music participation. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Advance online publication, 1–9.

Coppola, W. J. (2020). Performing humbleness and haughtiness: Dramaturgical perspectives of musical humility and pride. Music Education Research. 22, 214–228.

Coppola, W. J. (2019). Musical humility: An ethnographic case study of a competitive high school jazz band. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 222, 7–26. 

Campbell, P. S., Coppola, W. J., Gestsson, S., & Mena, C. (2019). “Atawit Nawa Wakishwit”: Collective songwriting with Native American youth. Journal of Popular Music Education3, 11–28,



Coppola, W. J. (2019). Music, education, and diversity: Bridging cultures and communities, by P. S. Campbell [Book review]. International Society of Music Education Book Reviews.

Coppola, W. J. (2016). Little Johnny Brown and the music of the Georgia Sea Islands. An Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) lesson plan. Available at


Coppola, W. J. (2018). Musical humility: An ethnographic case study of a competitive high school jazz band. Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington.

Dissertation committee: Patricia Shehan Campbell, Steven J. Morrison, James A. Banks, Shannon Dudley, Kristina Olson.


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