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Professor of Humanities and Music 
Flute, Humanities, Appreciation
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Joy Kairies

Dr. Joy Kairies is Professor of Flute at Del Mar College. She conducts the Del Mar College Flute Ensemble and teaches Introduction to the Humanities and Music Appreciation on the Internet. Dr. Kairies earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in flute performance at the Juilliard School of Music. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a major in music performance from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Kairies has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphony musician in a wide range of venues throughout the United States. She has also served as an adjudicator for several area competitions including the Texas Community College Band Directors’ Association All-State Band Auditions, Texas Music Educators’ Association sponsored Region Band and Orchestra Auditions, the Association of Texas Small School Bands Region Band Auditions, and the Coastal Bend Flute Club Young Artist Competition. As an active clinician, she has organized and conducted workshops and master classes for flute students of all ages. In 1995, Dr. Kairies received a faculty grant to coordinate two multidisciplinary festivals devoted to women’s creativity which were held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. The events included competitions in the visual, performing and literary arts, a film festival, and more than 30 lectures, performances, demonstration and displays.

Dr. Kairies is recognized as an expert in the field of distance learning. In particular, she is known for her innovative use of technology to deliver media intensive courses in the fine arts. She has twice appeared as a guest speaker and clinician at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit. She has also given presentations on the development of media intensive arts courses at the Texas Music Educators' Association Convention and Clinic in San Antonio, and at the Syllabus Educational Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.

Dr. Kairies’ other research interests include the application of advances in cognitive psychology and motor learning to musical practice and teaching. In 2004, she gave a presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and Clinic entitled Music and the Mind: What the Latest Brain Research Can Teach Us About Practice and Performance.