Janet Barrett: Musicianship and Innovation in the Music Curriculum

Frank Abrahams, 2012 Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar/Artist, presents to graduate music students in the Woulfe Alumni Hall on July 29, 2012.

2015 Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar/Artist Series

Date & Time:

Sunday, July 19, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM




James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall - South
3rd Floor Anderson Student Center

A reception and graduate student poster session will immediately follow in the foyer.

Dr. Janet Barrett

Musicianship and Innovation in the Music Curriculum

Conversations about the curriculum often begin with two questions: Which aspects of the music curriculum should be sustained and preserved? Which aspects are in need of change and what kind of change is most warranted? Well-informed answers to both questions depend upon our definitions of musicianship as an organizing center of the curriculum. A broad and generous conception of musicianship gives us more room as teachers to create engaging and meaningful musical experiences for our students. We will explore seven categories of musicianship and consider some key principles that can guide an informative review of current programs while thinking about productive avenues of growth and new arenas of possibility. The aim is to support teachers’ imaginative visions of the music program, and to uphold their professional judgment as they make decisions on behalf of their students, schools, and communities.

Janet Revell Barrett is the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Scholar in Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the reconceptualization of the music curriculum, secondary general music, interdisciplinary approaches in music, and music teacher education.  Barrett has published widely in music education and is an author or editor of five books: Sound Ways of Knowing: Music in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum; Looking In On Music Teaching; Constructing a Personal Orientation to Music Teaching; Music Education at a Crossroads; and The Musical Experience: Rethinking Music Teaching and Learning. She has also served on the faculty of Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Prior to her work in higher education, Barrett taught general and choral music in Iowa and Wisconsin. She is immediate past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education and editor of the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education.

Since 1990, Graduate Programs in Music Education (GPME) has sponsored the Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar/Artist Series in which distinguished figures in music and arts education present their work to the community of music educators in the Twin Cities metro area. 



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