School of Music

Gina Yi

Gina Yi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Music Education
Browne 208
Telephone: (309) 298-1544

Dr. Gina Jisun Yi, assistant professor of music education at Western Illinois University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and advises graduate students. She served as VP of Professional Advancement of Early Childhood Music & Movement and the curriculum director of the Gordon Music Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research in South Korea.

Prior to joining Western Illinois University, Dr. Yi held positions as interim director of music education at Purdue University Fort Wayne and assistant professor of music education at Baldwin Wallace University and Wheaton College. She also taught PreK-8 at the Cornerstone Schools in Detroit and early childhood music classes at the Michigan State University Community Music Schools. Dr. Yi holds certifications in Music Learning Theory (Elementary I & II and Early Childhood I) and attended Orff-Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics certification workshops.

Dr. Yi's research interests include elementary general music, early childhood music, measurement and assessment, and differentiation of instruction. Her research and writing have been published in the Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and Illinois Music Educator Journal. She also presented her research at the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), the Desert Skies Symposium, the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium (SMERS), and the Mountain Lake Colloquium.

Dr. Yi is an active presenter and participated as a lead presenter at numerous conferences for music educators—including the Illinois Music Education Conference, Michigan Music Conference, Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and College Music Society. In South Korea, she was invited to speak at Ewha Womans University and Yonsei University; presented at various workshops as a leading clinician; authored a musical methods book, musical script, and several instructional materials and songbooks; and developed music programs for children. She regularly holds workshops in South Korea for music teachers and musicians, talking about teaching in the classroom setting and effective instruction.

Dr. Yi received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, a Master of Music Education from Ewha Womans University in South Korea, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University.