Faculty & Staff

B.M., University of North Texas; M.A., Truman State University

Shirley McKamie’s music career has encompassed several areas and modes of teaching.  In addition to providing applied instruction in piano, pipe organ and harpsichord, she has designed music courses for summer academic camps in the Midwest and, since 1994, taught courses in Musicology at Truman State University.  Beyond her teaching duties she serves as Chair of the Celtic Studies Coordinating Committee and faculty consultant for instructional technology in the School of Arts and Letters. 

Following early music studies with Naomi Bauer in Hudson, Kansas, Ms. McKamie received a scholarship to study piano with Artist-in-Residence Stefan Bardas at the University of North Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, with minors in pipe organ and harpsichord.  Subsequently she performed professionally as a chamber musician and accompanist in Dallas and Fort Worth, and later, in Kansas City. 

In 1992 she accepted a teaching assistantship in music at Truman State University where she received the degree, Master of Arts in Music Research (4.0 GPA).  Her thesis in comparative aesthetics received national recognition through a competition sponsored by Bell & Howell Corporation and the National Council of Graduate Schools.

Her teaching focus is undergraduate interdisciplinary research, conducted primarily through the two Junior-Year Interdisciplinary Seminars she teaches each semester.  Her students regularly present their work at national conferences and publish their research.

The recipient of several teaching awards at Truman, she was a finalist for the Educator of the Year (EOY) Award in 2012 and 2011. In 2010 she received an EOY Semi-finalist Award and was also nominated by her students for recognition as an Outstanding Research Mentor.  Active in campus organizations, she currently serves as president of the Truman Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a national collegiate honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. 

Shirley and her husband Dr. David McKamie are the parents of Alex (B.M. in Violin and B.A. in Chinese Studies, from Truman; M.M. in Violin, University of Northern Colorado), who is completing a Performer’s Certificate in Violin as the recipient of the Charles H. Moore Concertmaster Fellowship at the University of Wyoming.