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Re: [WSMTE] February Meeting

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I'm very sorry I was unable to attend the meeting on the 16th, but a setback on a recent foot surgery kept me at home with my foot elevated.  I was especially interested in the discussion of the 21st century skills and music's role in that.  As you all know, students' pre-service learning has a strong and lasting influence on how their careers unfold and how their students will thrive or not.  An important objective for all of us is not to lose sight of education's primary role - to help students develop to their fullest cognitive and aesthetic potential, not, as some believe, to become productive cogs in a future work force.  That was the influence that shaped education in the 19th century.  In many ways, we are still thinking in those terms, and we are reaping a sad harvest of students that memorize items for tests and focus on grades but do not develop their thinking abilities and creativity.  Unfortunately, we are so inured to the industrial model school we all experienced that it takes a real effort to think and teach otherwise.  Predictably, the major testing companies are in the mix of the recent 'reform' movements, and this is another factor in stalling real change in education. 
Sorry!  This sounds like a downer, now that I read it.  Do any of you have thoughts on this?  I would welcome a conversation on this.

Mel Pontious, Ed.D
State Fine Arts Consultant
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
FAX 608/266-1965

-----Original Message-----
From: musiceducation-bounces@lists.uwosh.edu [mailto:musiceducation-bounces@lists.uwosh.edu] On Behalf Of Murphy, Vanissa B.
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 2:40 PM
To: WI Society for Music Teacher Education List
Subject: Re: [WSMTE] February Meeting

Greeting, everyone!
I hope you are staying warm this wind-chilled weekend! I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 16. We will be meeting in the Richard and Nancy Wolf Resource Center at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education in Waunakee. I have scheduled the meeting from 10 until 2 -- we may not need all of that time but I wanted to make sure that we would have enough time to begin a discussion related to the questions that evolved from our last meeting and to discuss the add-on 'elementary'  certification. Please let me know if you have additional items of discussion for our group.
1. Welcome (Ken, you are so good at leading us in song -- perhaps you can do this?  :-)
2. WSMTE speaker and meeting during WMEA Conference in Oct. - please bring all of your ideas!
3. Add-on license for PI3 teachers who need to add an elementary component (see attached 'talking' document)
4. Continued discussion regarding 21st Century Skills and the 'place' of music within discussions taking place
     on the state level. At the core of this I think a very powerful conversation for us to have would be regarding
     how we are teaching our music education students about advocacy for public school music, especially
     in light of the uses of music in a utilitarian way (for example, to increase test scores in other subject areas)
     and for aesthetic purposes (for example, to enrich the human experience through music)
5.  Other: please send me other issues that you think we need to discuss and I will update our agenda to
     reflect those topics.
If it sounds OK with all of you, we will continue our discussions through lunch--  I plan to bring a couple or three super large pizzas from Sam's Club, salad, and bottled water. I am so sorry that some of you will not be able to attend on Saturday but as you know, it is hard to find a time that meets the needs of everyone. Please accept my sincere apologies for not being able to schedule a time for every single one of you!
In order to plan for lunch, please confirm that you are able to attend our meeting. If you are unable to attend, please send me your input for our agenda items and I will make sure your voice is heard.
Have a great work-week and I can't wait for us to discuss issues of music teacher education in our state.
Best regards always,




Dr. Vanissa B. Murphy, Chair

Wisconsin Society for Music Teacher Education

Professor, Music and Theatre Arts

Coordinator, Music Education Division

Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire