Academic Year 2017-18 was productive in several ways. My presentation to the NH All State Music Teachers Conference in April continued a series of talks on applying research in music learning to classroom teaching. I have recently organized a group of school teachers who will help develop more topics of interest in this vein and spread the word to others. This year’s presentation with a well-respected teacher in the state, Donna Park, allowed me to connect teachers with a website developer in Massachusetts who is focused on applying Music Learning Theory in the schoolroom.
This year for the first time, I organized a woodwind quintet with four of our alumni to perform at area schools as a professional outreach and recruiting venture. Our program of a Mozart Overture, a Joplin rag, the Stars and Stripes Forever, and a Star Wars medley was chosen to appeal to school students. Teachers had to take professional leave days in order to make this happen. It will be interesting to see we can continue this effort.
The two MAT students I supervised and advised this year were the best in several years. Their classroom skills developed quickly, and their two graduate projects (TCAP and Colloquium) were excellent. I see three of these students registered for next year and anticipate four the following year.
I have been teaching the clarinet and saxophone portions of MUED 747 - Techniques of Woodwind Instruments for several years. This seems to go well, although I don't see it listed in my Teaching Activities part of this document. Three of the students I taught the past two years have continued playing clarinet with an eye toward developing it as a second instrument. One, Andrew Emanuel, played clarinet in the UNH Wind Symphony.
The NH Youth Band improved to a performance level it has not seen since 2002 when I left the organization for six years to serve as department chair. The group has slowly grown and matured enough that we are now more inviting to good high school players. Our provision of a concerto opportunity for Brendon Sacco helped recruit him, as it did for Cam Ward four years ago.
I have been teaching MUSI 405 in the Global Student Success Program (GSSP, formerly Navitas) as an overload for the past six years. (This course is also not listed under my teaching activities part of this document, perhaps understandably. I am not sure where that information does belong.) The enrollment is mostly Asian students who seem to enjoy this integrated course that connects American History with American music. I do enjoy teaching this course. With luck the department benefits financially from this service, too.
My active campus service has been through he PAA Committee in our department, but I am also an active part of the Council for Pre-Service Teacher Education and the Admissions Committee for the Department of Education at UNH.