Dr. Lori Conlon Khan has been happily involved in Music Education for over 30 years. She earned her B.A. in Music Education, K-12, from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana; M.Ed. in Integrating the Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge Massachusetts; and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Music Education emphasis from Boise State University.
Lori taught General Music K-6, including Choir and Percussion Ensemble, for the Boise School District for thirty-two years and during part-time work with Boise Schools, also taught in a Montessori preschool/kindergarten. In 2009, she received the Red Apple Award for Excellence in Education from the Boise School Board, and in 2010, the Rotary Century Scholars Distinguished Educator Award. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Dr. Conlon Khan served as Visiting Music Education Director and Professor at Boise State University, 2015-2017. She teaches the Curriculum and Music courses for Lesley University’s satellite Integrating the Arts Master’s program.
Lori holds certification in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk and two Master Classes, and instructs the Movement sections of the summer teacher training courses. She represented Region I on the AOSA national board, and is currently serving as the national AOSA 50th Anniversary co-chair. She has presented workshop sessions at numerous local, state and national conferences.
Dr. Conlon Khan’s area of research is in the field of music and reading, creating alternative interventions for struggling readers through musical activities, primarily improving pulse and pitch skills. She and her partner, Dr. Mary McGuire, Reading Specialist, have presented their research findings at various music education and reading workshops, and are completing their first book, Reading With Rhythm.