The Status of Music Education Conducting Curricula, Practices, and Values
Saturday, March 10, 10:30 am
The results of a national survey of instructors of conducting courses for music education majors will be presented. The purpose of this study was to gather information about (a) the demographics, degree programs, course offerings, and instructors’ perceived pedagogical values in music education divisions, (b) the roles, education, experience, and pedagogical values of the instructors, and (c) information about conducting course structure, content, and the relative emphasis instructors placed on areas of Shulman’s (1986, 1987) PCK framework. Implications for practice, and how these results impact the profession will be discussed.
John T. Hart Jr. is a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at the Hartt School, where he also studies conducting with Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming. John served as the Interim Director of the Hartt Symphony Band and is currently in his fifth year as the Associate Conductor of the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. Prior to studying at the Ph.D. level, John brought his talents for teaching and conducting to public education, most recently as the Director of Bands at Mansfield Middle School in Storrs, CT. John has also performed with a number of regional ensembles, and has guest conducted with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, and the Hartt Symphony Band. In addition to his doctoral work, John conducts and publishes empirical research on conducting, conductor education, and music teacher education. John holds a Master of Music Education degree from The Hartt School, and a B.A. in Music from Gettysburg College. John is a member of NAfME, SMTE, SRME, AERA, Conductors Guild, CBDNA, College Music Society, and the academic music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.