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Patricia Riley Full Professor Lecture

Oct 25, 2017
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

Patricia Riley Full Professor Lecture


Children create music in individually unique ways, but also using common processes--imagining, planning and making, evaluating and refining, and presenting. Music contains not only sound meanings, but also very feelingful personal meanings unique to each child and context. How do the sounds surrounding children in their schools, homes, and communities affect the music they create? What can be learned from this? How do children's similar creating processes inform how we teach music? Professor Riley explores these questions as the original music creations of children from China, India, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States are shared and examined.


Patricia Riley is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Education Program at the University of Vermont. Her publishing includes the book "Creating Music: What Children from Around the World Can Teach Us" and articles in Music Education Research, Research and Issues in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, the College Music Symposium, Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and Teaching Music. Dr. Riley presents frequently at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Her research interests include student music composition, cultural studies, technology, and assessment.

Price: None
Sponsor: A&S Dean' s Ofc

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