“Updates” or “Why I Haven’t Posted Anything Here for a Half Year”

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It seems like a waste to let this website languish without a single recent update. In the spirit of bringing it back to life, I want to share a bit about some recent professional activities (or, alternately, to engage in some shameless self-promotion).

Here goes:

I had an article published in the fall, 2013 issue of the Philosophy of Music Education Review. This is a well respected, peer-reviewed journal in the field, and I’m very pleased to be able to share my thoughts regarding the consideration of evidence and rational argument involving conflicting opinions, theories, and beliefs. I have a lot more to say on the matter and how it may apply to the field of music education. I’m looking forward to engaging in more discussion as time goes on.

I wrote a preliminary review of the literature looking critically at some of the ways researchers have viewed how teachers behave with students when teaching. I was able to present a summary of this paper as a poster for the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium in Asheville, NC last year. This session was very rewarding: I was able to speak with both Alan Gumm and Lisa Rae Hunter, two researchers whose work was central to the paper. (Thanks to Dr. Gumm for the enlightening refresher on the distinction between theory and measure – I’m still thinking about that one.)

I successfully completed my dissertation proposal defense last spring, and officially entered into candidacy for the Ph.D. That means I’m now completely buried in dissertation-related activities. Much of the most difficult work is done now, and I anticipate successfully defending the completed dissertation and graduating with a Ph.D. next spring. I posted a (very rough) draft of the ideas behind the study here.

I was able to participate in two presentations for last spring’s NAfME conference in St. Louis, MO. One of these was a poster related to the theoretical model behind my dissertation, an investigation of teacher’s behaviors as related to their beliefs about what we hope to accomplish by teaching performing groups. The other was a group presentation regarding “Signature Pedagogies,” as practiced by Carlos Abril. He used the idea, originating from the work of Schulman, to create a doctoral seminar aimed at helping us to disseminate scholarship through presentation and publication. This presentation was a lot of fun to prepare, as we timed and practiced it like a staged theater piece. These are great people to work with, and we have plans for upcoming group presentations and co-authored papers.

I’ll get back to updating this site more frequently at some point soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact me.

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