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Democracy and Instrumental Music Education 2.0: Enlarging Capacities and Strengthening Connections in the Rehearsal Setting

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  • The concepts of democratizing large ensembles have been a controversial yet largely misrepresented topic in band and music education journals. Properly understood, these concepts focus on student empowerment and aim to improve musical teaching and learning, foster excellence in diverse and traditional artistic practices, and enrich and enlarge our students’ lives. To promote dialogue, the panelists will share their views on incorporating democratic music education principles in large ensemble.
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  • 12/22/2017 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Dr. Birch Browning is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University, and Music Director of the Cleveland Winds, a professional wind band based at CSU. The Cleveland Winds were awarded The American Prize in the Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community & school division, 2015 and performed at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in February 2017. Dr. Browning taught high school band and orchestra in Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting at Florida State University with Dr. Jim Croft and Dr. Patrick Dunnigan. A member of the faculty at CSU since 2002, Dr. Browning previously taught music education courses at Stetson University and FSU. Dr. Browning serves as Associate Editor of OMEA’s research journal, Contributions to Music Education and is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association Research Committee. Dr. Browning has presented his research findings at numerous conferences, including the International Society for Music Education International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Browning's first book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, was published in April 2017 by Oxford University Press.
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  • Randall Everett Allsup
  • Randall Everett Allsup holds degrees in music performance and music education from Northwestern University and Teachers College Columbia University. Currently Associate Professor of Music Education at Teachers College, he teaches courses in creativity and problem-solving; democracy and music education; philosophies of music and music education; and doctoral research in music education. Randall has taught at the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan; the Arts College of Xiamen University, China; and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He is the recipient of a Fulbright research and teaching award, and the Teachers College Outstanding Teacher award. He is past chair of the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME) and the Philosophy Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of the Music Education Research Council. He is the author of over 50 publications, including the book Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education (2016) from Indiana University Press.
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  • Daniel J. Brown
  • Daniel J. Brown, Ed. D., is in his 28th year of teaching Band, Jazz Band, and Instrumental Music at Rye Middle and High Schools in Rye, NY. An educator, conductor, trumpeter and pianist, Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching classes in conducting, ensemble rehearsal strategies, and instrumental methods. As a trumpeter, Dan performed for nine years in the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony. From 1997-2011, he served as assistant to Dr. Dino Anagnost and The Little Orchestra Society and assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Singers/The Greek Choral Society in New York City. Dan’s research interests include conducting, instrumental pedagogy, and strategies for fostering critically reflective communities in school performing ensembles. His first article, published in the Finnish Journal for Music Education, considers what a collaborative, critically reflective ensemble looks like in practice. In July 2016, Dan presented this model as part of a panel discussion on the future of large ensemble pedagogy at the ISME Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. He is an active member of NAfME, ISME, ISPME, ITG, TI:ME, JEN, CMS, and ISTE.
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  • Brian A. Silvey
  • Brian A. Silvey is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri. At MU, he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and provides administrative oversight to the entire band program. Bands under his direction have performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference and have commissioned works by leading composers such as David Maslanka, David Gillingham, Michael Markowski, and Ryan George.             Dr. Silvey has presented music education research and teacher preparation clinics at state, national, and international venues. Recent presentations have included the College Band Directors National Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri (2017), International Society for Music Education conference in Glasgow, Scotland (2016), and the National Association for Music Education conference in Atlanta, Georgia (2016). He is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Band Research, and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the College Band Directors National Association Journal. In addition, he serves as Editor of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education and as the Missouri Music Educators Association College/University Vice President (2016 – 2018).              His research interests include conducting expressivity and effectiveness, instrumental conducting pedagogy, intonation strategies, and preservice teacher preparation. Dr. Silvey is the past recipient of the MU Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, the School of Music Faculty Excellence Award, and the Gold Chalk Award for Teaching Excellence. He is an experienced events adjudicator, guest conductor, and guest clinician, having worked with bands across the United States.