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Colloquium Series Participants Bios and Abstracts - December 7, 2011

American Administrative Viewpoints of Music Education: Multiple Perspectives and Themes from the 1960's and 70's.
Joseph W. Ellis


American K-12 administrators of the 1960's and 70's had unique perspectives toward music education.  This historical research seeks to create an understanding of what those perspectives were through administrator-authored articles published from 1960-1980 in music education and administrative publications, what themes emerged from those writings, and how those perceptions and themes impacted music education during that era.  By conducting a historical literature review of published articles, administrative perceptions and issues were arranged into prevalent themes and then presented as a narrative as voiced in the original published sources from that time period.


Joseph W. Ellis is a doctoral student in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction program and is a music teacher at Our Lady of Peace Catholic School in Canton, Ohio. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College in 2001, Mr. Ellis continued his education at Walsh University earning a Master of Arts in Education in 2006. Serving as a band director, choir director, general music teacher, elementary principal, and drama teacher over the last decade, Mr. Ellis has dedicated his life to learning and continual discovery, especially in the field of music education.


Urban Music Education in the United States, 1965-1985: Attitudes, Reform, and Impact
Kristen Ross


The purpose of this study was to research major events and factors affecting urban music education in the United States from 1965 to 1985. The major research questions to be answered include: What factors or themes affected urban music students and teachers, and their practices? What major events took place to address urban music education, and did these events positively or negatively affect the profession? The historical method used to answer the research questions was to review literature from and about the time period, and documents from major events that took place within and outside music education literature.


Kristen Ross is a second year Master's student in Music Education at Kent State University. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in 2010. Her research interests include multicultural music in education, urban music education, curriculum studies, and philosophies in music education.


Experiences and Influences in the Lives of Senior Citizens: Memories of, and Reflections on, Music During School Years and Beyond
Eun-Jung Lim


This research explores the influences of school music experiences on senior citizens' musical sensibilities, tastes, or abilities by examining their recollected stories about music experiences from their school years. It employs a multiple-case study design to enable contextual insights into personal interactions with music. With the snowball sampling method, six research participants were recruited, all of whom were age 55 or older, lived in northeastern Ohio, attended U.S. schools for their K-12, and had never had any professional experience in the field of music. Data was collected through participant interviews, journal writings, and researcher field notes, all of which provided evidence for coherence, reliability, and validity. The collected raw data were analyzed two ways: comprehensive documentation and code analysis. The research findings revealed the importance of school music experiences in the development of musical sensibilities, tastes, or abilities.  In particular, it became clear that human interaction between students, teachers, and family members is a significant factor in defining personal music experiences and that school music education does not meet musical needs.


Eun-Jung Lim received her Bachelor of Education Degree specializing music education at The Gong-Ju National University of Education, and a Master of Music Education Degree from The Korea National University of Education in South Korea. She has 10-years experience as an elementary school teacher and choir director in public elementary schools in South Korea. Eun-Jung has completed coursework for the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University and plans to defend her dissertation this Fall, 2011. Her areas of interest include elementary music education, teacher education, and music curriculum development.

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