At the Illinois Music Educators Conference

I’ll be giving two presentations at the Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC, the conference formerly known as IMEA).

What Movement Teaches and How It Shows: Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Thursday, 2:15–3:30 PM, Convention Center room 222

The Ukulele Ensemble: Sustainable Musicianship, Lifelong Learning
Presented with Julianne Evoy and Channing Paluck
Friday, 12:30–1:45 PM, Convention Center room 401

For those at the movement workshop, I built the session around this quote, which I find to be pure poetry about a central challenge of music education:

Simply to prepare you to hear these moments as I hear them, I begin to describe them to you—but barely—with words. And immediately I begin to lose them. When we listen, both of us, and when I sense, as if by telepathy, that what you are listening to is so far from what I would have liked to make you hear, I tell myself: this moment might not have been my own, after all. For what I wanted to hear you listening to—yes: to hear you listening to!—was my listening. Perhaps an impossible wish—the impossible itself.

Despite my vexation (it is always immense), I wonder: Can one make a listening listened to? Can I transmit my listening, unique as it is? That seems so improbable, and yet so desirable, so necessary too. (p. 5)

Szendy, P. (2008). Listen: A history of our ears. (C. Mandell, Trans.). New York: Fordham University Press.

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Music education: media, technology, and participatory music.
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