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Algorithms and Music Education [CMS/ATMI talk]

[Edit: Here’s the AEPR paper on algorithms and here’s a free post-print version of the paper] I presented at the 2013 College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Conference in Cambridge, MA. My talk was “Algorithms as Arbiters of … Continue reading

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The participatory field as an alternative to musical specialization [CIC Nebraska talk]

I presented a talk on Tom Turino’s participatory music field and its potential for music education at the University of Nebraska’s CIC Music Education Conference on November 17, 2013. The paper explores the example of the Homebrew Ukulele Union to … Continue reading

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Strumming and hacking music education

A moment of gratitude to celebrate the recent accomplishments of two wonderful former students: 1. Polly Yukevich (MME 2012) has been named Director of the Four Strings Foundation, Jake Shimabukuro’s educational outreach program (there’s a nice short piece at Guitar … Continue reading

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Music Education and Beck’s Song Reader

For those interested, my column on Nathaniel Braddock’s great Beck Song Reader class at the Old Town School of Folk Music is now out. Here’s a link to a free version (draft, pre-press), and there’s a version behind a Sage paywall here (free … Continue reading

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John Dewey’s 1902 Fight for Music Education

[Update: here’s a link to my full article on Dewey and music education in the Journal of Research in Music Education (published in 2020).] That the history of fighting for music education programs goes back over one hundred years is disheartening, … Continue reading

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2013 Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award presented by the Center for Music Education Research

I was extremely honored to receive the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award, presented by the Center for Music Education Research at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium at the University of South Florida. I was particularly moved after hearing the exemplary … Continue reading

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A draft manifesto on virtual ensembles in music education

How might music educators expand their consideration of virtual ensembles? From Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir to the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, to the PS 22’s chorus, there are an increasing array of ensembles with a substantial Internet presence. The term “virtual … Continue reading

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The Sense of Technological Determinism [ATMI paper]

Update: the paper I presented has been published as a co-authored chapter: Ruthmann, S.A., Tobias, E. S., Randles, C., & Thibeault, M. D. (2015). Is it the technology? Challenging technological determinism in music education. In C. Randles (Ed.), Music education: Navigating … Continue reading

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GLS Proceedings published

I had the pleasure of working on some really interesting musical games with a team of researchers based here at the University of Illinois, and a paper we wrote has just been published in the GLS 8.0 Proceedings. I’ve added … Continue reading

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Two new articles on the Homebrew Ukulele Union

Click to view either one, and thanks to the authors for getting the gist of the group beautifully. As always, you can also visit the home of the HUU online: http://homebrewukuleleunion.wordpress.com

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