Originally from Australia, Dr. Parkes’ research interests are in music and music education assessment; measuring musical learning within K-12 settings and the applied studio, teaching readiness, professional dispositions, and reflective practices in pre-service teachers, in addition to teaching effectiveness and teaching quality. She served as Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) Assessment Special Research Interest Group. She co-Chaired the national Model Cornerstone Assessment research project in partnership with NAfME and served on their Music Teacher Evaluation Taskforce. She was elected to the International Trumpet Guild Board of Directors (2015-19) and served on the editorial committee for the Journal for Research in Music Education (2014-2020).
She was awarded the Lowell Mason Fellow award (2018) by the National Association for Music Education for her leadership in the field of Music Education and she currently serves on the review boards of the Music Educators Journal and Research Studies for Music Education. Her co-authored books Developing and applying assessments in the music classroom (2020) and Applying model cornerstone assessments in K–12 music: A research-supported approach (2018) serve as models and resources for classroom music educators and music teacher educators.