Friday, January 25, 2013
By Music Department
The mission of Graduate Programs in Music Education is to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States by promoting artistic, intelligent, reflective and inspired music teaching at all levels of music instruction. Our work encourages a continual process of music education reform. We initiate programs that address practitioners' musical, intellectual and professional needs. We value classroom practice, theory and research equally in our quest to improve the quality of music education. The summer of 2012 was no exception!
As always, the Graduate Programs in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas was busy and active throughout the summer of 2012. In addition to our degree-seeking students, we had large numbers of music educators participating in our certificate programs in Orff and Kodaly, taking courses related to their areas of interest and engaging in our Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy. It was a rewarding summer for all who participated. Here are some of the highlights:
• Eighteen students completed the Master of Arts in Music Education degree during the spring and summer of 2012.
• Jennifer Skoglund, Brandy Klingel Gullickson and Matt Oyen presented their research at our annual Research Roundtable.
• Thirteen students completed Orff Level III to earn their certificates in Orff-Schulwerk.
• Seven students completed their work in Kodaly Level III and earned their certificates in Kodaly Methodology.
• Many classes and programs saw record levels of participation, including the African Music Ensemble.
• As always, GPME played host to some of the world’s greatest educators who were able to share their expertise with us in workshops and classes held over our eight-week summer sessions.
• Dr. Frank Abrahams challenged all of us to become better educators during his visit to UST as the Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar/Artist.
• We even celebrated the Olympics and enjoyed several social events throughout the summer!
We already are gearing up for the summer of 2013 and looking forward to having many of you return to campus to be a part of our programs. You can learn all about our plans and our offerings on the website. We hope you will join this lively community of talented and committed teacher/artists, and become a part of the St. Thomas tradition of excellence and inspiration.