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Updates from the Graduate Programs

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By UST Music 

We can not begin to share how excited we are about this year’s lineup of GPME courses, workshops and seminars! You will find all kinds of opportunities to strengthen your skills as a music educator. There are vibrant courses in Kodály, Orff, choral music, instrumental music and piano pedagogy with some of the world’s best faculty. Our core classes will continue to advance deep understanding of our work with music students. And, there are plenty of other options to broaden your thinking about your work in your setting. The summer of 2011 is sure to be filled with the kind of synergy that you have come to expect from the UST GPME. Be sure to visit to stay on top of everything happening. Whether you are an alum, a new or returning student or you are looking to improve your skills, we hope you will join our community of talented and committed teacher/artists, and become a part of the St. Thomas tradition of excellence and inspiration.

Since 1990, GPME within the UST College of Arts and Sciences has sponsored a summer seminar in which distinguished figures in music and arts education present their work to the community of music educators in the Twin Cities metro area. The 2011 distinguished scholar-artist is Jackie Wiggins, professor of music education and chair of the Department of Music, Theater and Dance at Oakland University. Before going to Oakland, Wiggins taught general and choral music in New York public schools for more than 20 years. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Queens College of the City University of New York and a doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wiggins advocates a holistic, learner-centered approach to music education that engages learners with a broad diversity of musics through interactive performance, listening and creative problem-solving experiences. The goal is to empower learners with musical understanding and competence fostering musical independence and the ability to use music as a means of personal expression. At Oakland, Wiggins works predominantly with master’s and doctoral students, teaching courses and advising research. She is the program coordinator for the Ph.D. in Music Education program. Dr. Wiggins is known for her work in constructivist music education theory and practice, children’s musical creativity and technology in the music classroom. As a researcher, she studies the nature of children’s musical thinking as reflected in their creative processes and decisions when engaged in composing and improvising, and the role of the music teacher and instructional design in these processes. Her presentation is titled “Scaffolding Musical Thinking and Learning.” The seminar will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Center. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The Research Roundtable is GPME’s annual opportunity for selected students who have recently completed their theses to give a formal presentation of their research. This required event allows beginning and continuing master's students to observe the variety and types of research being conducted. This year's presenters are recent graduates Andy Bast (“A Historical Analysis of the Development of Suzuki Talent Education With Particular Emphasis on its Beginnings in Minnesota and the First 10 Years of Suzuki Program at the MacPhail Center for the Arts”), Brian Blessing (“An Examination of the Strategies Used by Various Minnesota Composers to Write Middle School Choral Music”), Kathy Briggs (“High School Students' Attitudes and Perceptions Regarding Movement in the Choral Rehearsal”), and Mairee Pantzer (“A Study on the Life and Work of Betty Bertaux”). The Research Roundtable will be held at 11 a.m. on July 7, 2011, in the Brady Education Center auditorium.