Kelley Poché-Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Visiting Professor of Music

Kelley Poche-Rodriguez

Academic Areas: Music History, Aural Skills, Music Theory, Musical Theatre, Accompanist


Phone: (940) 898-2507


PhD of Fine Arts, Texas Tech University
MA in Music Education, Texas Woman’s University
BM in Music Studies, Choral Emphasis and Certificate of Piano Performance, University of Texas at Austin


Kelley Poché-Rodriguez, PhD, is an Assistant Visiting Professor of Music, teaching courses in music history, aural skills, music theory, and music education. She also serves as the Music Director and pianist for Texas Woman’s University’s new Musical Theatre Certificate productions. Her 18-year tenure as a Texas music educator has included directing high school and middle school choirs in Frisco ISD and Plano ISD, directing the TWU University Chorus, and teaching various undergraduate and graduate music courses at Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, and Texas Tech University. While at Tech she also served as accompanist for the Women’s Chorale and as teaching assistant for Choral Methods and Choral Conducting courses.

Poché-Rodriguez completed her dissertation (Interrater Reliability of Texas All-Region Choir Audition Adjudicators: The Effects of Training and Judging Experience) in 2015 in fulfillment of the Ph.D of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. The focus of her Master’s thesis from Texas Woman’s University was an analysis of University Interscholastic League (UIL) middle school choir SAB and SATB sight-reading literature and ratings. She has also completed extensive graduate coursework and research in musicology at the University of North Texas, focusing on the music of the Holocaust. She holds Choral Track Level III Certification in Kodály Music Education. Her areas of research include music at the Terezín  (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, Music History Pedagogy, and Competition and Adjudication in Music Education.

Poché-Rodriguez has been invited to present her research nationally, regionally and locally, for the Society for Music Teacher Education, National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Tech Consortium for Research in Music Education. She has presented clinics at Texas Music Educators Association Conference on teaching non-music majors at the collegiate level, preparing to student teach in music, and on music educator practitioners as researchers; and her research has been published in Texas Music Education Research and in Southwestern Musician. She has also given invited lectures at both Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University on the women musicians of the Terezín Concentration Camp; approaching teaching the Holocaust, bullying, and tolerance through the music of Terezín; and preparing student teachers for teaching diverse populations. She is an assistant editor for Hal Leonard and McGraw-Hill Publications new digital textbook series, Experiencing Choral Music. Her invited submissions of choral compositions for UIL Sight-reading contest are currently under review.

Choirs under Poché-Rodriguez’s direction have been awarded Sweepstakes at UIL contests, as well as highest honors in several other statewide and national competitions. She is an active choral and music educator clinician, adjudicator, pianist, arranger, and musical theatre director. She also sang with the professional chamber choir, The Texas Voices, for several years. In 2002, Poché-Rodriguez completed a 4-hand piano recital tour of Prague and Brno, Czech Republic. She has played for the Broadway Artist Alliance and is currently the pianist for the voice studio of Broadway Phantom of the Opera artist, David Gaschen.

Poché-Rodriguez is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society). She also belongs to the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

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