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Valley Hosts Symposium on Creative Thinking in Music June 23-25, 2014
06.03.14 |
Lebanon Valley College will host the Symposium on Creative Thinking in Music at Blair Music Center June 23-25, 2014. The exciting three-day Symposium includes performance, composition, and music listening workshops and a keynote by renowned expert Dr. Peter Webster, a scholar-in-residence in music education at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Symposium participants may earn graduate level credit through LVC's Master of Music Education program.

Dr. Webster, Symposium co-coordinator, has special expertise in music creative thinking, assessment, and music technology. He is an emeritus professor at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, where he was a music professor and administrator for 25 years prior to his work at USC.

Symposium co-coordinator Dr. Marian Dura is director of the Master of Music Education program at LVC and has more than 35 years experience in music education. She has taught strings and general music in grades preK-8, and a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Dura is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma (National Chapter and Delta Omicron Chapter).

Performance and creative imagination workshop leader Dr. Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute), composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in a wide array of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an assistant professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation at the University of Michigan. He studied jazz and improvised music with David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Fowler, Dave Liebman, Craig Owens, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Reggie Workman; saxophone with Donald Sinta and Jean Lansing; and composition with William Albright, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Walter Mays.

Dr. Jody Kerchner will lead a music listening workshop. Professor of music education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Kerchner is also the secondary-school music and choral music education specialist. She is founder and conductor of the Oberlin College Women's Chorale. Her research interests include children's responses during music listening, choral music education, empathetic leadership, teacher identity development, assessment, and reflective thinking. She is co-author and -editor of "Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make" and "Prelude to Music Education" and has contributed chapters in several research and pedagogy texts and articles in professional journals.

Composition workshop leader Dr. Michele Kaschub serves as professor of music and coordinator of music teacher education at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in music education philosophy, research and curriculum as well as PreK-12 choral/vocal methods and composition methods. In 2007 she launched "Composing Together" – the first certificate of advanced study program in the United States focused on preparing teachers to lead composition in PreK-12 settings. Kaschub co-authored "Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking" with Janice Smith, a text that presents both theory and guidelines to help PreK-12 teachers develop and deliver composition curriculum

Dr. Janice Smith, a faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York, will lead a composition workshop. Her research addresses the impact of teacher-imposed structure on children's musical compositions. Her work also focuses on the revision process in children's compositions and the effect scaffolding can have on that process. Smith is also interested in the professional experiences of beginning music educators in urban settings.

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