Dr. Joy Galliford

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Joy Galliford, Ph.D., is the Director of Development and an Instructor for South Florida Music. She received the prestigious 2010 Florida College Music Educator of the Year Award from the Florida Music Educators Association; is recognized for her research and presentations specializing in the area of early childhood at the national, state, and local levels, and is a nominee for the 2019 Children’s Trust David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award. 

“Dr. Joy,” as the children call her, has been a private, public and college music educator for over thirty-six years. She holds certifications in the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Musikgarten Curriculum, National Guild of Piano Teachers as well as a Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential and Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate for Music K-12. Galliford is also a songwriter and the co-author of Experience the Music, a literacy-based curriculum using music activities that engage children in singing, focused listening, movement and the playing of rhythm instruments.

Galliford, as well as her young musicians, have been featured on several local television programs such as NBC 6 South Florida Today and Telemundo discussing the merits of early childhood music education. She is known in our community for her dedication and willingness to help parents increase their educational knowledge and understanding as they seek to help their child reach their fullest potential. Music is life for Dr. Joy!