Patricia S. Foy

Patricia S. Foy

Professor of Music Education

Patti Foy



Office: Blackman Music Hall 132

Phone: 864.596.9172


PhD in Music Education, University of South Carolina

MM in Music Education, University of South Carolina

BM, Converse College


Patricia S. Foy, professor of music education, has been a member of the Petrie School faculty since 1990. Before beginning her career as a college-level educator, she taught K-12 general and choral music for twelve years in South Carolina and Georgia. In addition, she has served churches in the roles of accompanist, children’s choir director and adult choir director. At Converse, she teaches choral and general music classes on both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. The founder and director of the South Carolina Music Technology Institute, she has received more than a half-million dollars in grants from the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Arts in Basic Curriculum Project since 2001 to educate South Carolina music teachers in the use of instructional technology.

Dr. Foy is active in the Southeast as a clinician, consultant, and choral adjudicator. An active member of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, she is a Past President and the current Executive Director of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA), the SC affiliate of NAfME, and was named to the SCMEA Hall of Fame in 2010. Dr. Foy served thirteen years as a member of the Steering Committee for the South Carolina Arts in Basic Curriculum Project and is a former member of the Board of the SC Alliance for Arts Education, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she has regularly served as a consultant to the South Carolina Department of Education on K-12 music curriculum and in the assessment of college and university music teacher preparation programs. Her biography has been included in the publications of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who Among America’s TeachersWho’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Foy earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Converse College in 1977. She earned a Master of Music Education degree in choral music education in 1980 and a PhD in music education in 1988 from the University of South Carolina, where she served as the graduate editor for Update: the Applications of Research in Music Education. Dr. Foy is a Kodály specialist, having completed Levels I, II and III of the certification program.