Faculty Profile for Dr. Amanda Christina Soto

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Dr. Amanda Christina Soto
Assistant Professor — School of Music
MUS 145
phone: (512) 245-3947

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Soto earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Washington. She has undertaken certification studies in Orff and Kodály pedagogical approaches and holds a certification in world music pedagogy from the Smithsonian Institution.

Research Interests

Children's Musical Culture and Identity; World Music Pedagogy; use of Technology in Music Education; Cultural Diversity in Music Education; Mexican and Mexican American' music and culture ; Mariachi Pedagogy; Ethnomusicology

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Soto, A. C. (2019). Amanda. An Examination of Mexican American Children’s Musical and Cultural Identity. Journal of Research in Music Education.
  • Soto, A. C. (2018). Mariachi and Western Art Music in the Preparation of Future Teachers: Nurturing the Bimusical Complexities of Mexican-American Students. Texas Research in Music Education.
  • Soto, A. C. (2018). The Journey: A Process for Creating a Socially Just Music Classroom. Music Educators Journal. https://doi.org/http://doi.org/10.1177/0027432118771370
  • Soto, A. C. (2017). Help!  I Am Going to Have a Student Teacher: Helpful Tips for First Time Cooperating Teachers in Music. National Association for Music Education - Music in a Minuet Blog Post. Retrieved from https://nafme.org/helpful-tips-first-time-cooperating-teachers-music/
  • Soto, A. C. (2015). New Faces in Old Spaces: Mexican American Musical Expressions and Music Equity within the Music Curriculum. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce, & P. Woodford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (pp. 631–643). New York: Oxford University Press.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Service, Texas State University. 2016 - 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Texas State University. August 2014 - May 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Beech Scholarship, University of Washington. September 2008 - December 2008
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Sorenson Scholarhip, University of Washington. January 2008 - June 2008
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Perner Scholarship, University of Washington. September 2007 - June 2008

Selected Grants

  • Soto, Amanda Christina. Musical Outreach Award for the Greater Palouse Region for Percussion Instruments for UI Music Education Department from the Sigma Alpha Iota, Moscow- Pullman Alumnae Chapter, $400. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • Soto, Amanda Christina. Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy, CLASS Internal Funding, University of Idaho, $3500. (Funded: 2011). Grant.
  • Soto, Amanda C (Principal). ¡Viva la Musica Mexicana! An Examination of Mariachi Pedagogy at the Collegiate Level in the State of Texas, REP, Texas State University, $8000.00. (Submitted: October 11, 2016, Funded: March 1, 2017 - May 1, 2018). Grant.
  • Soto, Amanda C (Principal). Technology Grant, Technology Department, Texas State University, $5000.00. (Submitted: March 31, 2016, Funded: September 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017). Grant.
  • Soto, Amanda Christina. Viva la Música Mexicana!, University of Idaho Seed Grant, $12000. (Funded: 2013 - 2014). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Board Member
Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)
August 2016-Present
Co - Chair Cultural Diversity and Social Justice ASPA
Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)
August 2014-Present
Society for Music Teacher Education - College Music Society Music Education Liaison
January 2017-2019
Education Section Chair
Society for Ethnomusicology
August 2013-May 2019
Board Member - Music Education
College Music Society
January 2016-January 2019