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*******DEADLINE EXTENDED*******Dear UMass Music Education Alumni,We hope that you are well during these challenging time...
12/02/2020
UMass Amherst Music Education Survey

*******DEADLINE EXTENDED*******

Dear UMass Music Education Alumni,
We hope that you are well during these challenging times! We are reaching out to request your input as we begin to revise the curriculum for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. Our intent is to improve the preparation of our students as effective, musically well-rounded, and socially-responsive music educators. This large-scale undertaking must comply with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure regulations and National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation guidelines and be approved by the full Department of Music & Dance faculty.
If you haven't yet done so, we ask you to complete a survey regarding the relevance of your undergraduate experience in preparing you for a music education career. Please set aside at least 20-25 minutes for the survey, but spend as long as you would like to provide as much information as you can. Feel free to share this email and survey link with other UMass Amherst undergraduate music education alumni:
https://forms.gle/oB2nNgSdXWg4k9oj6
This survey is now open until Friday, December 11, 2020. Responses will then be collated and shared with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; the identities of survey respondents will not be disclosed. Only music education faculty will have access to identifying information. The data will help to inform our discussions and revisions to the curriculum.
We continue to care deeply about the success of the music education program at UMass Amherst and appreciate your thoughtful input. Thank you so much for your time and assistance!
Sincerely,
Lisa J. Lehmberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
Daniel J. Albert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education
Stephen A. Paparo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music Education

Please complete this survey regarding the relevance of your undergraduate experience at UMass Amherst in preparing you for a music education career. Set aside at least 20-25 minutes, but spend as long as you would like to provide as much information as you can. Feel free to share the survey link wit...

Dear UMass Music Education Alumni,We hope that you are well during these challenging times! We are reaching out to reque...
11/08/2020
UMass Amherst Music Education Survey

Dear UMass Music Education Alumni,

We hope that you are well during these challenging times! We are reaching out to request your input as we begin to revise the curriculum for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. Our intent is to improve the preparation of our students as effective, musically well-rounded, and socially-responsive music educators. This large-scale undertaking must comply with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure regulations and National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation guidelines and be approved by the full Department of Music & Dance faculty.

We ask you to complete a survey regarding the relevance of your undergraduate experience in preparing you for a music education career. Please set aside at least 20-25 minutes for the survey, but spend as long as you would like to provide as much information as you can. Feel free to share this email and survey link with other UMass Amherst undergraduate music education alumni:

https://forms.gle/oB2nNgSdXWg4k9oj6

This survey will be open until Monday, November 30, 2020. Responses will then be collated and shared with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; identities of survey respondents will not be disclosed. Only music education faculty will have access to identifying information. The data will help to inform our discussions and revisions to the curriculum.

We continue to care deeply about the success of the music education program at UMass Amherst and appreciate your thoughtful input. Thank you so much for your time and assistance!

Sincerely,

Lisa J. Lehmberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
Daniel J. Albert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education
Stephen A. Paparo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music Education

Please complete this survey regarding the relevance of your undergraduate experience at UMass Amherst in preparing you for a music education career. Set aside at least 20-25 minutes, but spend as long as you would like to provide as much information as you can. Feel free to share the survey link wit...

Attention: All UMass Amherst Music Education Majors! We hope to see you at our annual Music Education Town Meeting (via ...
08/11/2020

Attention: All UMass Amherst Music Education Majors! We hope to see you at our annual Music Education Town Meeting (via Zoom) on 8/30/2020 (see attached flyer). Special guest speaker is Dr. Cecil Adderley! We've sent the Zoom link out via email. If you didn't receive it, please contact a music education faculty member. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Read on to learn more about music education major Crystal Curran’s involvement in the Northampton Jazz Festival. Way to ...
05/05/2020
Take Five with Crystal Curran and The Northampton Jazz Festival | Arts Extension Service

Read on to learn more about music education major Crystal Curran’s involvement in the Northampton Jazz Festival. Way to go, Crystal!

Before Crystal Curran came to UMass, she managed her high school’s music department and robotics team social media accounts. Now a music education major at UMass, she and several other friends manage the Instagram account @band_geeks_here for fun. The videos, photos, and contests about marching ba...

02/11/2020

UMASS MUSIC ED FACULTY HEADED for FINLAND! Professors Daniel Albert, Lisa Lehmberg, and Stephen Paparo were recently selected as presenters for the 2020 International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference to take place this summer in Helsinki, Finland! Prof. Albert will present the research paper "Finding their voices: Influences of an education program's structural components on pre-service educators' occupational identities." Prof. Lehmberg will collaborate with researchers from different areas of the world to present the research symposium “Senior Citizens’ Music Participation and Quality of Life in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the U.S.” and will also present the workshop "Working Effectively with Graduate Student Mentees: Building Relationships of Mutual Understanding and Trust." Prof. Paparo will present the research paper "Real Voices, Virtual Ensemble 2.0: Perceptions of Participation in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs." Go UMass Music Ed!

Please check out this blog post by Drs. Liana Valente and Lisa Lehmberg on the American Society on Aging website! Liana ...
01/25/2020
Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults is a Global Goal | American Society on Aging

Please check out this blog post by Drs. Liana Valente and Lisa Lehmberg on the American Society on Aging website! Liana and Lisa will be presenting a session on this topic in March 2020 at the Aging in America National Conference in Atlanta.

Tags : Constituent Group BlogEducationCreativity and Lifelong Learning By Liana Valente and Lisa Lehmberg The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Since its founding in 1949 following the Second World War, the mission of the UN, as stated in its Charter, has been to maintain i...

Congratulations to PhD students Constance Cook and Reagan Paras on their selection as delegates to the 9th Annual Music ...
11/25/2019

Congratulations to PhD students Constance Cook and Reagan Paras on their selection as delegates to the 9th Annual Music Technology Leadership Academy! They will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas in February 2020 to participate in leadership academy sessions that focus on using technology to reach non-traditional music students. They will also have the opportunity to attend the TI:ME/TMEA conferences, which run concurrently. We're so proud that they will be representing UMass Amherst!

Our Fall 2019 Music Education Observation Day was a great success! Here are some photos of Instrumental Methods students...
10/11/2019

Our Fall 2019 Music Education Observation Day was a great success! Here are some photos of Instrumental Methods students preparing for and enjoying their visits to Quabbin Regional and Westborough High Schools. :-)

Education Club - UMass Amherst
10/06/2019

Education Club - UMass Amherst

Thank you to everyone who came to Wednesday's meeting!

UMass Amherst CNAfME, came in to tell us about the music education major and some of the techniques they use such as chunking and repetition! For more information on the music education major, click here!

Jess Daly came in to tell us about the program Big Brothers Big Sisters where you can apply to be a mentor for a child in need.

We will not be meeting next Wednesday, but Wednesday the 16th!

UMass Amherst music education majors: See you at the Music Ed Town Meeting on Sunday, September 8!
09/04/2019

UMass Amherst music education majors: See you at the Music Ed Town Meeting on Sunday, September 8!

Happy 1st day of the semester to all UMass faculty and students! And a very special welcome to the newest member of our ...
09/03/2019
Daniel Albert | Department of Music & Dance | UMass Amherst

Happy 1st day of the semester to all UMass faculty and students! And a very special welcome to the newest member of our music education faculty, Dr. Daniel Albert!

Daniel Albert is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cm laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his Master of Music (Music Education) degree from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of...

A special welcome to our two new music education PhD students, Reagan Paras and Constance Cook!
08/30/2019

A special welcome to our two new music education PhD students, Reagan Paras and Constance Cook!

05/14/2019
UMass Amherst CNAfME

Way to go, UMass CNAfME Chapter!!!

2018-2019 Year in Review

This academic year was a fantastic one for our chapter at UMass! Below are a list of accomplishments and highlights of our chapter this year.

Fall:

President Erin Catherine had a fantastic idea to have cnafme promote musicians performing at homes for the elderly. This created The Arbors concerts that we have been putting on for two semesters now. We have had five in total, and each one has brought in more performers, different genres of music, and a lot of fun! These concerts have become a staple of the UMass Amherst cnafme chapter, and we plan to continue them going into next year.

Steve Massey came to our university to give a lecture to our students on Student Leadership, a program he started during his many years at Foxboro High School. This meeting brought in a whopping 40+ students from inside and outside of the music department, making it our highest attended meeting to date.

Spring:

Current President Isabelle Garland started cnafme Bookclub, which is a series of posts through our page where we ask professors at UMass to recommend a book to music education students.

Students represented UMass Amherst at the State House for Advocacy Day this year. Alex Wang, Charlotte Ouellette, David Lookwhy and Isabelle Garland met with music education students from Berklee and Gordon College. All of these students talked with representatives and senators to promote funding for music education in public schools.

Last week, our executive board was invited to an MMEA Western Districts meeting. This was an exciting opportunity and we hope to go to have a presence at meetings in the future!

From our Executive Board to yours, Thank you for a wonderful year!

Smiling faces as Dr. Kailimi (Shelley) Li and Dr. Thomas Reynolds wait to be hooded by Dr. Lisa Lehmberg!
05/10/2019

Smiling faces as Dr. Kailimi (Shelley) Li and Dr. Thomas Reynolds wait to be hooded by Dr. Lisa Lehmberg!

05/10/2019

Congrats to our newest music education graduates! PhD degrees: Kailimi Li and Thomas Reynolds; Master's degrees: Taylor Hildack, Alex King, Rachel Rivard; Post-baccalaureate Music Educator Licensure Pathway (Feb 2019): Daniel Friedman; Bachelor's degrees (Feb 2019): Debbie Chen, Aaron DiPilla, Nathan French, Sarah Harney, Nick Lawrence, Carissa Lueth, Grace Sweet, Emma Vogel; Bachelor's degrees (May 2019): Lauren Fay, Rachel Forbes, Connor Hay, Parlee Hayden, Erin Hussey, Sarah Lehan, Julia Maloof, Ryan O'Connell, Connor Thurston, Tyler Woodbury. The future of music education is in good hands!

Today's elementary methods workshop on world instrument making! #pizzaboxguitars, #pvcpanpipes, #bullroarers, #tincanjos...
04/23/2019

Today's elementary methods workshop on world instrument making! #pizzaboxguitars, #pvcpanpipes, #bullroarers, #tincanjos, #paperplatembiras, #spoons, #musicedmajorsrock!

04/04/2019

We are excited to announce that beginning in Fall 2019, Dr. Daniel Albert will be joining the UMass Amherst music education faculty as Assistant Professor of Music Education/Instrumental Specialist! Congratulations, Dr. Albert, and a warm welcome to UMass!

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