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First Graduate Symposium a Success

The graduate program in music, launched in May 2006, features practical research and the dissemination of the findings as the centerpiece of the program.

Students have three choices, and a few chose the lecture/recital or the thesis, but most chose the teacher-research option. This requires the student to design a research project directly related to an issue in his/her teaching situation, involve his/her own students in the research, analyze the findings and present those findings in a public forum. The first public forum in this new program was held on March 28-29, 2008. Six members of the first cohort (or as we like to call them, the Number One Cohort) presented their research in this symposium:

  • Teri Duke Kidd - The Influence of the Hungarian Language and Hungarian Folk song on a Performance of Selections from Béla Bartók's Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs (Lecture/Recital)
  • Daphne Guill - Reducing Attrition Rates in the Middle School Band Program: A Study of Motivating Factors that Encourage Students to be Successful in Playing an Instrument and Continuing in Middle School Band (Teacher-Research)
  • Gary Jack - Inspiration Plus Performance Equals Success: A Study of Instrumental Music Participation and Its Effect on Fifth Grade Students in an Inner-City School (Teacher-Research)
  • Cynthia Breckenridge - Positive Breathing Techniques for Vocal Health in the High School Choral Curriculum (Teacher-Research)
  • Kevin Lewis - Successful Teaching Strategies in Band Programs with At-Risk Students (Teacher Research)
  • Maya Miller Neely - Integrating Handel's Oratorios into the Middle School Repertoire: Arranging for the Middle School Chorus (Thesis)

This research component is central to this program. It distinguishes each participant's course of study from the others and makes a unique contribution to the profession. It is our sincere desire that the work presented in these Symposia will be recognized beyond the walls of Longwood as significant contributions to the field of music education.

The 2008 Symposium was a tremendous success, showcasing important research through inspiring presentations. This event set a high standard for future Symposia. We look forward to the second Symposium scheduled for March 28, 2009. Watch our web page for details.