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Howard, Karen

Assistant Professor, Music Education
Degree
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office
Brady Educational Center LL28
Phone
(651) 962-5871
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Karen Howard is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas teaching music education methods, core graduate courses, world music pedagogy, and advising masters theses.

In addition to her university schedule, Dr. Howard is a national and international clinician specializing in children’s music culture, ethnomusicology, creative and folk dance traditions, early childhood music education, assessment, and curriculum development.  She has presented at events for the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the National Association for Music Education, the International Society of Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association.

Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Community Music, and the Japanese Journal of Research in Music Education. Her other published works are available through the Association for Cultural Equity, Smithsonian Folkways Tools for Teachers, General Music Today, and The Orff Echo.

Dr. Howard earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Masters of Music Education degree from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and PhD in music from the University of Washington. In 2003, she was recognized as Connecticut Music Educator Association’s Elementary Music Educator of the Year.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 536 - 01 Smithsonian World Mus Pedagogy M T - R F - - 0800 - 1730 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

M T - R F - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1730

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

30200 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources will be sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning as well as developing and understanding of ways to teach music of the world's cultures. Attention will be given to learning culture through songs, movement and dance experiences, instrumental music, and contextualized cultural components. Participants will be guided through recordings and curricular materials from the Smithsonian Folkways archives that fit the needs of students in knowing music (and knowing culture through music). Musical experiences will be tailored for use at various levels, including in classes for children, youth and adults in university and community settings, with occasional small group sessions to decipher and discuss applications for particular teaching contexts and aims. Enrolled participants will join together to share particular means of teaching world music, and will receive documentation from the Smithsonian Institution that certifies their specialized study in World Music Pedagogy.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 537 - 01 Latin American Music M T W - - - - 0815 - 1230 BEC 111

Days of Week:

M T W - - - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 1230

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

30389 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

Participants will be guided through musical experiences that cover selected musical cultures and genres from throughout Latin America including Puerto Rican plena, Mexican son jarocho, Dominican merengue, and Brazilian samba. This hands-on workshop is appropriate for vocal and instrumental educators who teach at the elementary, middle, or high school level.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 544 - 02 Global Music Trad for Choir M T W R F - - 1300 - 1615 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1615

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

30079 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Beverly H. Johnson, Karen A. Howard

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available at www.stthomas.edu/music/courses/graduate.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 797 - 01 IS: Intro to Schol/Res Methods - T - R - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

30689 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 890 - 01 MA Project - Howard - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30155 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

Required for all students completing GMUS 876 thesis work and filing for graduation.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 110 - 01 Intro to Music Education M - - - - - - 1530 - 1620 BEC 110

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1530 - 1620

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

42552 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

An orientation to the profession of music education. Overview of historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological foundations of music education and related music professions. Exploration of the relationships of these foundations to individual and group instructional settings, vocational issues, and concerns of musicians working as performers, teachers, administrators and business owners. Field observations in a variety of instructional settings. Offered fall semesters.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
EDUC 176 - 01 German Diction for Singers - - W - - - - 1715 - 1855 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1855

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

42556 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

An introduction to German pronunciation, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. A guide to the use of the dictionary in the language. Special emphasis on the problems encountered by the singer. Offered fall of even years.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
EDUC 177 - 01 French Diction for Singers - - W - - - - 1715 - 1855 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1715 - 1855

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

42557 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

An introduction to French pronunciation, utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet. A guide to the use of the dictionary in the language. Special emphasis on the problems encountered by the singer. Offered fall of even years.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GMUS 608 - 01 Foundations of Music Ed M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 BEC 111

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

42578 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

Consideration of cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of music education through reading assignments and student presentations. Introduction to academic writing, research and scholarship in music education.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 233 - 01 Music of the Wrld: Aural/Writt M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

41517 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Karen A. Howard

This course studies music as a ritual activity among the peoples of the non-Western world. It employs an anthropological approach that analyzes music in cultural context rather than as an object of art. The music and cultural activities of a diverse number of countries will be investigated each semester.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location