Julia Eklund Koza (B.A. magna cum laude, St. Olaf College, 1974; M.A. University of Iowa, 1978; Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1988) is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Music. She also is a faculty affiliate in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Professor Koza teaches in the areas of music education and multicultural education, and she was Chair of the Music Education Area from 1998-2014. She is the founder of the Consortium for Research on Equity in Music Education (CRÈME), an international, cross-institutional initiative that fosters equity research in music education, and she twice served as the faculty chair of UW-Madison’s Committee on Women in the University. Her widely published research focuses on equity issues in education, music, and music education, as well as on corporate influence on music education policy.
Author of Stepping Across: Four Interdisciplinary Studies of Education and Cultural Politics (2003), she is currently working on a second book, “Destined to Fail”: Carl Seashore’s World of Music, Education, and Eugenics. Her work has appeared in the Musical Quarterly, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Journal of Research in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies, Educational Foundations, The Quarterly, and Music Educators Journal. She has authored chapters in a number of edited collections and has served on the editorial board of several major scholarly journals, including the Journal of Research in Music Education; the Quarterly; the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME); New Directions: A Journal of Scholarship, Creativity and Leadership in Music Education; and Gender, Education, Music, and Society (GEMS). Professor Koza began her teaching career in River Falls, Wisconsin, where she taught vocal and general music in the public schools.
Photograph copyright Michael Mowbray, 2014.