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Re: [WSMTE] WSMTE information

Hi Vanissa and others-

I would greatly look forward to meeting in Feburary! The only weekend that is bad for me is 9 Feb--I will be presenting at OMEA.

cheers, all,


Laura K Sindberg, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
PO Box 599
Appleton, WI 54912

On Mon, 26 Nov 2007 15:25:30 -0600
"Murphy, Vanissa B." <MURPHYVB@uwec.edu> wrote:
> Greetings, everyone!
> Apologies for getting this information to you so late. I
>have finally gleaned through my notes from our meeting
>during WMEA conference and believe that this accurately
>articulates our discussion with Dr. Jorgensen. Some of
>what you see here will also be a part of my article for
>January WSM so sorry about the duplication:
> During our WSMTE meeting on Oct. 24th, we discussed our
>perceptions regarding the state of music teacher
>education in Wisconsin and considered our future. Our
>facilitator/mentor for this meeting, music
>teacher-scholar Dr. Estelle Jorgensen, helped us frame
>our conversations. We began by sharing information
>regarding our various music teacher education degrees.
>Our degree plans outline a course of study from 4 to 4 ½
>years, although some students do take longer to complete
>their degrees. PI 34 has impacted our curricula and field
>experiences. Issues regarding secondary general music and
>the inclusion of a music education component to entrance
>auditions were discussed. Our students are licensed in
>instrumental, choral or general music or a combination of
>choral/general or instrumental/general areas. Listening
>to our discussion, Dr. Jorgensen organized questions we
>may want to consider for the future. These were:
> 1. What is essential to music education training?
> 2. Is preparing a teacher more than credits
>associated with coursework?
> 3. Are we thinking strategically or trying to keep
>and protect?
> 4. Do students want to learn what we want to teach
>them? (for example, what are we doing to "marry" popular
>culture and
> traditional culture?)
> 5. What do we see for the future as we consider
>21st century skills?
> a. What does the music sound like?
> b. What does our teaching look like?
> c. How do we make learning meaningful to the 21st
>century student?
> 6. How could a conversation about 21st century
>skills be opened to teachers across the state?
> Another part of our discussion dealt with the idea that
>exemplary music teachers have a knowledge base/expertise
>to share and access to that 'data' isn't necessarily
>available. The premise is that all of us teachers and our
>students can benefit from the critical behaviors and
>strategies observable from these teachers. Shelia
>Frey-Shaw volunteered to develop a research project which
>would investigate these knowledge, skills, and
>dispositions of exemplary teachers. What we did not
>discuss were any delimiters (Public school teachers?
>Private school? University? Other?) or, other than to use
>past 'teacher of the year' recipients, how we might
>determine who is included in the study.
> Our next meeting will be in February. The agenda will be
>for us to tackle some of these questions, with question
>#5c from the above list being the umbrella for the
>others. Let me know your date preferences and whether you
>would rather meet at the Center or at UWSP. I would be
>glad to host us at UWEC but that may be a further drive
>than some can do.
> Also, your email responses to any of the above
>ideas/questions can help us get this conversation started
>right now!
> Sincerely,
> Vanissa
> Dr. Vanissa B. Murphy, Chair
> Wisconsin Society for Music Teacher Education
> Professor, Music and Theatre Arts
> Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts
> University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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