Kimberly Inks

Associate Professor of Music, Area Coordinator of Music Education, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in Music

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MU 407c  Phone: 765-285-5472  

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Kimberly Inks joined the Ball State music education faculty as a specialist in elementary teaching methodologies and music for the regular classroom teacher. Her teaching experience includes K-12 general and choral music in the public schools of her native Ohio and university-level teaching at the University of Arizona and Mississippi State University. Burns holds a bachelor of music education (piano) degree from Heidelberg College and Master and Ph.D. degrees in music education from the University of Arizona. At Ball State, she teaches undergraduate courses in elementary general music method, classroom instruments, and introduction to music education, and graduate courses in curriculum seminar and learning theory. She also advises Master thesis and dissertations.

Dr. Inks research interests involve active music listening strategies for the elementary music setting and factors in the listening experience. She also enjoys examining children invented notations and improvisatory activities for the elementary student. Burns' publications on these topics are found in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, and the Indiana Musicator. 

Inks has been a featured speaker and clinician/presenter at several music education and reading/literacy conferences in numerous states. She maintains an active role in professional organizations such as MENC, AOSA, and ACDA. Inks is an appointed member of Vision 20/20: MENC National Commission for Music Education, is a member of the national advisory board for the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education and has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts. She is an active piano accompanist, consultant, and church musician.