Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Research Shows Art Programs in Schools Have an Overall Positive Impact on Students

Groundbreaking new Australian research released today reveals that
arts programs can have a significant impact on improving school
attendance, academic achievement and student wellbeing in Australian

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett, today released The Song
Room's Bridging the Gap in School Achievement through the Arts report,
saying it reaffirmed the Gillard Government's work to include arts in
the National Curriculum.

"Music provides a potent method to help students connect with their
studies and the broader world around them, to build self-esteem and it
is now demonstrating a positive impact on improving student results
and attendance," Mr Garrett said.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New book: Learning, Teaching and Musical Identity

Indiana University Press is pleased to announce the recent publication of:

Learning, Teaching, and Musical Identity
Voices across Cultures
Edited by Lucy Green

"A truly exciting opportunity for music education . . . which draws
from international sources and focuses on identity in music learning,
an issue that has just begun to emerge in the literature of the
field." —Jackie Wiggins, Oakland University

Musical identity raises complex, multifarious, and fascinating
questions. Discussions in this new study consider how individuals
construct their musical identities in relation to their experiences of
formal and informal music teaching and learning. Each chapter features
a different case study situated in a specific national or local
socio-musical context, spanning 20 regions across the world. Subjects
range from Ghanaian or Balinese villagers, festival-goers in Lapland,
and children in a South African township to North American and British
students, adults and children in a Cretan brass band, and Gujerati
barbers in the Indian diaspora.

Counterpoints: Music and Education
330 pp., 3 music exx.
cloth 978-0-253-35603-1 $80.00 / £60.00
paper 978-0-253-22293-0 $27.95 / £18.99

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Subject: Vacancy for Professor of Music, University College Cork, Ireland

University College Cork (UCC) seeks an outstanding appointee for the full-time permanent position of Professor of Music to lead research in music, contribute to UCC Music's national and international profile, and play a critical role in attracting external research funding. The appointee will assume a leadership role in the further development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the discipline.

The staff complement of Music comprises scholars, composers, improvisers, and performers, presenting a symbiosis of music scholarship, composition, and performance to an extent unique in Ireland. The Department embraces multiple disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology of music, critical studies, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, film studies, performance studies, composition and music technology.

A model music department of the 21st century, the Department has an ethos that is centered on the understanding that all kinds of music are equally worthy of study and performance. As such, the Department delivers a diverse research-led curriculum. Music's research achievements show excellence at national and international levels, particularly in the areas of composition, ethnomusicology including Irish traditional music, historical and critical musicology. The appointee will be expected to play a pivotal academic leadership role in further developing the strengths of the department and to be an effective contributor to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, doctoral supervision and administrative elements of the School. The appointee will be expected to act as Head of Department/School.

The appointee will have a doctorate in Music or a cognate subject or equivalent evidence of a scholarly reputation of international standing in Music. A significant track-record of sustained internationally published research (or equivalent in composition) is required along with a proven record of seeking and obtaining substantial funding for research. S/he will have the requisite communication, management, administrative and leadership skills to manage an active and developing department.

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For informal discussion, please contact: Dr. Melanie Marshall, School of Music and Theatre. +353 21 4904629

Closing date: 8 April 2011.