School of Music

Student chapter of music educators hosts annual symposium

USM Music Education Where in the world does that sound come from, and how do you make it? 

On Saturday, October 20, over 100 future music educators will learn the answers as USM's Chapter of the National Association for Music Education hosts the 4th Annual Northern New England Collegiate Music Education Symposium.  This year's theme, "Multicultural Musics in 21st Century Music Education," has drawn undergraduate music education majors from Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and will feature both nationally and internationally recognized presenters. 

Symposium participants will explore the use of non-western music in elementary, choral and instrumental music settings. They will have hands-on experiences with Taiko drumming under the guidance of Japanese master drummer Isaku Kageyama as well as opportunities to play the Madinda - a traditional East African Xylophone simultaneously played by 6 to 12 musicians - with Ugandan guest artist Moses Boyundo.

Of course, music learning is often best accomplished under the guidance of a master teacher.  This year's symposium is honored to have as its keynote speaker 2012 Maine Music Educator of the Year Thomas Lizotte.

For more information, contact Coordinator of Music Education, Michele Kaschub at

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