School of Music

USM to Host New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education

One of the U.S.’s most prominent music educators will be the keynote speaker this month when the University of Southern Maine (USM) Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education hosts the fifth annual Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education. 

Dr. Bennett Reimer, the John W. Beattie Professor of Music Emeritus at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers and writers in the field of music education, will present his keynote address via Skype. 

The regional symposium, which will be attended by music educators from around Maine and New England, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Corthell Hall, USM Gorham campus.

Reimer will discuss the future of music education and the need to make such education available to all learners. The address will take place 11 a.m.-noon at Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus.

This event is co-sponsored by the USM Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education and the Maine Music Educators Association.  It is hosted by the Music Education Program at the USM School of Music, under the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

At Northwestern University, Reimer was chair of the Music Education Department, director of the doctoral program in music education, and founder and director of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience. A frequent keynote speaker, he is the author and editor of two-dozen books and more than 150 articles, chapters and reviews.

Of special note, four recent alumni of the Music Education Program at the USM School of Music will offer a panel presentation on teaching in international schools. The alumni are Mary Vaillancourt, who went to Bahrain; Conrad Hutchins and Rebecca Gartoff, Korea; and Chad Wurthstone, Philippines.

The former students will describe not only their unique teaching positions, but also the transitions encountered as they acclimated to life in the countries in which they taught.

Other presenters will include an array of outstanding public-school music teachers and college professors representing issues in elementary general music, choral music and instrumental music teaching, as well as exploring program marketing, the experiences of the first-year teacher and the integration of recording technology in secondary school music. 

The workshops of this event are free and open to the public. The luncheon, however, is for CNAME members only.

For more information, contact Michele Kaschub at: (207) 780-5587 or by email at: