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December, 18, 2019
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM


Meeting Room W181


Keith Kaiser

Keith Kaiser

Matt Clauhs

Matt Clauhs

Embracing the Traditional and the Emerging: A Win-Win for Ensembles, for Music Education, and for All Students

Clinic Synopsis:

The profession continues to have robust, and often, divisive conversations regarding the value of traditional music education versus emerging practice music education. The presenters propose that there is a different, and more useful, way of looking at this dichotomy -- one that embraces the values of both, that recognizes that both are needed to reach all children, and that considers that each offers important strengths and approaches that should be considered when utilizing the other.

Keith Kaiser - Biographical Information

Keith Kaiser is a Prof. of MUED at Ithaca College (21 years), where he has also served as Chair-MUED (for 12 years) and Assoc. Dean & Assessment Coordinator for the School of Music. A Faculty Excellence Award recipient, Dr. Kaiser holds degrees from the Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of Redlands (M.M.), and the University of Wyoming (B.M.). As a faculty member at Ithaca College, he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, supervises junior- and senior-level student teachers, and conducts various instrumental music ensembles. Kaiser was recently recognized by the College with a Student Affairs and Campus Life Faculty Appreciation Award for his commitment to and work on behalf of students. In addition, for over 11 years, he served as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (a community ensemble), and for 6 years, he served as conductor of the Signature Syracuse Concert Band (a concert band for inner-city youth). Dr. Kaiser is active throughout the country as a guest conductor, presenter, clinician, adjudicator and consultant, and he was co-recipient of a highly-selective Sounds of Learning grant to study the functions of music education in American public schools. A Presser Scholar, he is published in several research and trade journals, and he has presented for the National Association for Music Education (national and regional), Southeastern College Band Directors Association, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the New York State Band Director's Association, the Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium, the American Music Therapy (national), the World Congress of Music Therapy, the College Music Society (national and regional), the American Education Research Association, and several state music education conferences. Keith Kaiser resides in Ithaca and his blessed with a wonderful family — Jen (wife), Andrew (13 yrs old) and twins, Christopher and Meghan (10 yrs old).

Matt Clauhs - Biographical Information

Matthew Clauhs is an Assistant Professor of instrumental music education at Ithaca College. Dr. Clauhs holds degrees from Penn State University (B.S.), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.M.), and Temple University (Ph.D.). Prior to his appointment at Ithaca College, he served as an instrumental music teacher at the Boston Arts Academy and as a lecturer at SUNY Broome, Morrisville State, and Mansfield University. Most recently, Dr. Clauhs was the music coordinator for the Johnson City Central School District. His research on instrumental music, technology, race, and culture has been published by the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, Urban Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. Dr. Clauhs serves on the editorial review board of the Music Educators Journal, is chair of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Research Committee and frequently presents at national and international music conferences, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education (SMTE), New Directions in Music Education, and the World Conference for the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Dr. Clauhs served as an instructor and consultant to the Berklee College of Music City Music network, a national program that provides music education to inner-city students across the United States. The city music network, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office of Boston, awarded him the “Emerging Leader in Music Education” award in 2010. Dr. Clauhs has also received grants and honors from Mr. Holland’s Opus, the NAMM Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Guitar Center, NYSSMA, the Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence, and the Surdna Foundation. Many of these grants and awards helped to provide quality music education to students in underserved communities.