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Singing along in Japan

Singing together is an important part of life in Japan, and it is a delight to where participation is rich and frequent. Here’s a short performance I recently gave at a preschool festival. Without a rehearsal, we aimed for music … Continue reading

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Participatory music in Japan: Homebrew ukulele edition

There is a depth of community and participatory events in Japanese schooling and society, the origins of which are hinted at in T. M. Luhrmann’s Op-Ed in the Times, “Why are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?” My adventures in … Continue reading

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Would you buy a copy of a free article? A word on reprints

Over the past year I received two requests to reprint my writing. Who could say no? My column on hip-hop was requested for the book Etunes, a music-centric reader for English rhetoric classes edited by Rod Taylor. My article on the shifting locus … Continue reading

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Ukulele with Patch Adams: participatory music in action

I only now am finding time to note, in brief, a wonderful exchange I had last summer with the physician/activist/clown Patch Adams. A friend had given Patch the gift of a tie-dye patterned ukulele and asked me to help him … Continue reading

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Teaching about copyright’s “Blurred Lines”

The NYTimes has a solid summary of the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, which was decided against Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams. They also published a nice critical analysis. There is no better time than when a big story breaks … Continue reading

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Why media matter for music education: Penn State’s collaborative music education series

Penn State has put together a series of videos that present introductory material aimed at those interested in music education. My contribution, recorded last spring, addresses a richer understanding of media as socially constructed. Those who want a chance to … Continue reading

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NAfME 2014 Nashville presentation on Algorithms

Here’s a short video I posted on algorithms, which was shown as the NAfME 2014 Nashville conference (part of a larger panel discussion on the future of music education). The video points to the primary conclusions and central arguments from … Continue reading

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Memorial for Elliot Eisner, IJEA special issue

Stanford held a wonderful memorial for Elliot Eisner on March 3. I had the pleasure to attend, celebrate Eisner’s life, and to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Additionally, the International Journal of Education and the Arts has published a special … Continue reading

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Get to know your publication embargoes

[4/16/2014: Welcome to those coming from the reposting of this on “Tomorrow’s Professor.” Those visiting might also enjoy my post on the politics of journal publishing.] I typically announce my publications on this website, and one comment last year from a user … Continue reading

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Hearing a new music education story: From Sousa to Gould to Madlib, with Joyce and Powers in the mix

In 2013 I received the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award from the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. My paper has been posted at Music Education Research International (open access): Thibeault, M. D. (2013). The shifting locus of … Continue reading

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