The University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Perpich Center for Arts Education, presents a two-day symposium on “The Arts, Education and Student Achievement” on July 10-11 in Terrence Murphy Hall at St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus. Check-in and a continental breakfast will begin each day at 8 a.m.

For registration information, call the Graduate Programs in Music Education office at (651) 962-5871.

Three leaders in arts education research will be presenters at the event: Dr. Liora Bresler, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, will speak on “Arts Education: The Ideal and Operational Curriculum”; Dr. James Catterall, University of California-Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will speak on “What Do We Know About Learning In and Through the Arts, and How Do We Know It?”; and Dr. Frances Rauscher, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, will address outcomes of her recent research in her session, “The Impact of Music on Spatial Intelligence: Lessons From the ‘Mozart Effect.’ “

Area school administrators, business and political leaders, and university educators will join students from Graduate Programs in Music Education for this event. Special features of the program include Young Artists-at-Work sessions with students from the Perpich Center and reports from the field presented by public school teachers whose studies assess the impact of arts instruction on student learning. The Tuesday afternoon panel discussion will be preceded by a music educator performance group presentation.

Dr. Liora Bresler
Author of more than 50 articles, Bresler teaches courses on Arts and Aesthetic Education and Qualitative Research Methodology at Illinois; she has presented seminars and courses at universities worldwide. She is co-editor of Arts and Learning Journal and currently on the editorial boards of Research Studies in Music Education, Visual Arts Research, Arts Education Policy Review, Applied Theater Research and the Council of Research in Music Education.

Dr. James Catterall
Catterall is director of the Imagination Project at UCLA, a collaborative group of faculty, students and professionals interested in the roles of the arts and learning. His studies range from working with national databases to evaluating school and districtwide arts integration programs. Catterall and his Harvard Project Zero colleague, Dr. Ellen Winner, are conducting a research review for the Arts Education Partnership and the National Endowment of the Arts to produce a compendium of recent research that documents links between the visual and performing arts on the one hand, and academic and social outcomes on the other.

Dr. Frances Rauscher
Specializing in cognitive development, Rauscher’s multidisciplinary research focuses on the relationship of music exposure to spatial performance in preschoolers, adults and animals. Originally trained as a concert cellist, her doctoral degree from Columbia University is in psychology. Rauscher began her work on music and spatial abilities with Dr. Gordon Shaw at the University of California, Irvine; her recent research involves studies with kindergartners as well as investigations into the neurophysiological basis for the effect of music on spatial performance, using rats as subjects. Rauscher has provided expert testimony to U.S. House and Senate committees regarding the effects of music on early brain development.

This event is supported by gifts from the Belford Foundation, the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The Perpich Center for Arts Education and St. Thomas’ Graduate Programs in Music Education.



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