Jun 8th, 2004 @ 9:46 am | Author:
VCSU is pleased to announce that it will host the sixth annual National Symposium on Music Instruction Technology, which will be held June 17-19 in the Froemke Auditorium on the VCSU campus.

The Symposium is expected to attract a national audience of music educators and music education researchers with an interest in technology-enhanced music instruction. The purposes of the event include sharing and discussing applications of music technology in pre-K-12 learning environments and distributing the findings of investigations into learning with music technology.

Highlights of the event will include:

A tour of the new Regional Technology Center in Valley City, including demonstration of distance education opportunities in music: a live a guitar lesson over the Internet. The tour will be held Wed. June 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Valley City Regional Technology Center. The tour is open to the public for a $20 admission. Contact Sara Hagen at 845-7270 for details or to register.

A lecture and recital by Data Stream with Prof. Peter Hamlin (St. Olaf College) and Sandy Nordahl (University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls) on ways to make and appreciate electronic music. Thursday June 17, 7:00 pm in Vangstad auditorium on the VCSU campus. Thanks to a special grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Valley City Music Teachers Association, this event is open to the public at no charge.

The agenda for the Symposium features several presenters from regional educational institutions including:

Cindy Peterson and Tom Kjelland (Valley City Schools) presenting exciting composition activity in grades 8 – 12.

Kris Kietzman (Edgeley Schools) presenting ways she uses music technology in the K-12 classroom.

Paul Redding (Langdon Schools) presenting a lecture on digital audio composition. He will also distribute free software for use in classroom.

Dr. Sara Hagen (VCSU) and Dr. Carolyn Fulton (Florida International University in Miami) will present a demonstration of distance learning at collegiate level (VCSU to FIU Miami).

In addition to educators, sessions will also be offered by VCSU students Brad Lambrecht and Virginia Schmidt, whose proposals were selected through blind review by panel of judges consisting of music instructors.

All presentations will be published in the proceedings which will appear in the Journal for Technology in Music Learning.

The fee for attending the Symposium is $60 for professional music instructors or $30 for students (the June 17 lecture by Dr. Nordahl is open to the public at no charge). Attendees may use the conference to satisfy a variety of portfolio requirements for No Child Left Behind certification and may also receive undergraduate through VCSU or graduate credit through North Dakota State University.

Additional information on the Symposium may be obtained by visiting http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/dl/ctmu/NSMIT/.