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Allsup, Randall
Associate Professor of Music Education
Arts & Humanities
212-678-3189

Office:
520A HMann

Office Hours:
Fall 2014 Tuesdays: 4pm to 5pm / Wednesdays: 4pm to 6pm

Educational Background

B.M., Northwestern University in saxophone performance; M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Teachers College Columbia University in Music and Music Education with New York State Certification.

Dissertation Title: "Crossing Over: Mutual Learning and Democratic Action in Instrumental Music Education"

Scholarly Interests

Instrumental Music Education, Teacher Education, Philosophies of Music and Arts Education, Classroom Creativity and Democratic Education, Social Justice and Equity, Urban Education

Selected Publications

        Allsup, R. E. & Shieh, E. (2012). Social justice and music education: The call for a public pedagogy. Music Educators Journal, 98, 47-51. 

        Allsup, R. E. (2012). Music education and human flourishing: a meditation on democratic origins. British Journal of Music Education, 29(2), 171-179.

        Allsup, R. E. & Westerlund, H. (2012). Methods and situational ethics in music education. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 11(1), 124-148.

        Allsup, R. E. (2011). Classical musicians and popular music: Strategies and perspectives. Music Educators Journal, 97(3), 30-34

        Allsup, R. E. & Benedict, C. (2008). The problems of band: An inquiry into the future of instrumental music education. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 16(2), 156-173.   

        Allsup, R. E. (2008). Creating an educational framework for popular music in public schools: Anticipating the second-wave. Visions of Research in Music Education, 12, 1-12.   

Randall Everett Allsup is a graduate of Teachers College Columbia University where his 2002 dissertation, Crossing Over: Mutual Learning and Democratic Action in Instrumental Music Education was awarded 'Outstanding Dissertation of the Year' by the Council on Research in Music Education. Prior to returning to Teachers College as assistant professor, he was coordinator of music education and director of bands at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.  Randall became interested in issues surrounding social justice and democracy from his work in schools in neglected neighborhoods of New York City. First at Cardinal Hayes High School in the South Bronx and then at the Our Children's Foundation in Harlem, Allsup writes about the challenges of reconceptualizing music pedagogy. His teaching is influenced by thinkers like Maxine Greene, Paulo Freire, and John Dewey.

 

Keynote Presentation: Research in Music Education (RIME), Reading UK, 2015.


Keynote Presentation: Leading Music Education International Conference, London Ontario, May 28 - June 1, 2011.


Keynote Presentation: 52nd MENC Eastern Division Biennial Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 31-April 2, 2011.


Keynote Presentation: Conference on Music Learning and Teaching Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, March 10-12, 2011.


Keynote Presentation: The Ohio Music Educators Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 28, 2010.


Keynote Presentation: Nordic Network for Music Education: Social Justice and Inclusion in Music Education, Hamar, Norway, November 13, 2009.


The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board & Council for International Exchange of Scholars: Fulbright teaching and research award: Sibelius Academy, Finland, 2009 - 2010.


MENC Centennial (1907-2007) "Democracy and one hundred years of music education", featured author: 2007.


Outstanding Teacher Award: Teachers College Columbia University, 2006.


Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, Council of Research in Music Education, 2002.


Northwestern University Music Education Leadership Summit IV: invited participant, 2002.


Summer Fellow in Music Education, Northwestern University, 1997

Spring 2014
Tuesdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


520 Horace Mann
PUBLICATIONS
 
    Referred Journal Articles

 Allsup, R. E. (in review). Music teacher quality and the problem of routine expertise.


 Allsup, R. E. (in review). A place for music education in the humanities.


 Allsup, R. E. (2012). The moral ends of band. Theory into Practice, 51(3), 179-187.


       Allsup, R. E., & Shieh, E. (2012). Social justice and music education: the call for a public pedagogy. Music Educators Journal, 98, 47-51.


       Allsup, R. E. (2012). Music education and human flourishing: a meditation on democratic origins. British Journal of Music Education, 29, 171-179.


       Allsup, R. E., & Westerlund, H. (2012). Methods and situational ethics in music education. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 11(1), 124-148.

       Allsup, R. E. (2011). Sequoias, mavericks, open doors . . . composing Joan Tower. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 19(1), 24-36.

       Allsup, R. E. (2011). Classical musicians and popular music: strategies and perspectives. Music Educators Journal, 97(3), 30-34.

       Allsup, R. E. (2010). On pluralism, inclusion, and musical citizenship. Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook, 12,135-155.

       Allsup, R. E. (2009). Rough play: Music and symbolic violence in an age of perpetual war. Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education, 8(1), 35-53.

       Allsup, R. E. (2009). A conversation on the realities of music teaching: on the very pleasure of the unexpected and strange. Vision of Research in music Education, 14, 1-3.

       Allsup, R. E., & Benedict, C. (2008). The problems of band: An Inquiry Into the future of instrumental music education. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 16(2), 156-173.

       Allsup, R. E. (2008). Creating an educational framework for popular music in public schools: Anticipating the second-wave. Visions of Research in Music Education, 12, 1-12.

       Allsup, R. E. (2007). Extraordinary rendition: On politics, music, and circular meanings. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 15(2), 144-154

       Allsup, R. E. (2007). Democracy and one hundred years of music education. Music Educators Journal, 93(5), 52-57.

       Allsup, R. E. (2006). Species counterpoint: Darwin and the evolution of forms. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 14(2), 159-174.

       Allsup, R. E. (2005). Hard Times: Philosophy and the fundamentalist imagination. Philosophy of Music Education Review,13(2),139-142.

       Allsup, R. E., & Baxter, M. (2004). Talking about music: Better questions? better discussions!. Music Educators Journal, 91(2), 29-33.

       Allsup, R. E. (2004). Imagining possibilities in a global world: Music, learning, and rapid change. Music Education Research, 6(2), 179-191.

       Allsup, R. E. (2003). Praxis and the possible: Thoughts on the writings of Maxine Greene and Paulo Freire. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 11(2),157-169.

       Allsup, R. E. (2003). Transformational education and critical pedagogy: Examining the link between culture and learning. Music Education Research, 5(1), 5-12.

       Allsup, R. E. (2003). Mutual learning and democratic action in instrumental music education. Journal of Research in Music Education, 51(1), 24-37.

       Allsup, R. E. (2001). Music education as liberatory practice: Exploring the ideas of Milan Kundera. Philosophy of Music Education Review, 9(2), 3-10.

       Allsup, R. E. (1997). Activating self-transformation through improvisation in music teaching. Philosophy of Music Education Review 5(2), 80-85.

       Allsup, R. E. (1997). From Herscher to Harlem: A subjective account. Music Educators Journal, 83(5), 33-36.

    Non-refereed Journal Articles

       Allsup, R. E., (2011). Music teacher preparation and curriculum in Finland. School Music News, 75(3), 50-51.

       Allsup, R. E., (2005). Stress and the music teacher: Preventing burnout. Teaching Music, 12(5), 50-54.

       Allsup, R. E. (2005). The democratic band room: An alternative approach. Bluegrass Music News 57(1), 22, 42-45.

    Guest Editor

           Finnish Journal of Music Education: Special Edition: Reconstructing, Revitalizing Traditions, Volume 13, No. 2, Fall 2010. Editorial:"Revitalizing Traditions" pp.6-7.

           Music Education Research: Special Edition: Music Education, Equity, and Social Justice, Volume 9, No. 2, July 2007. Editorial: "Music Education and Social justice" pp. 167-168.

  
 Book Chapters

       Allsup, R. E. (in press). Epistemology and qualitative research in music education. In Conway, C. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education. New York: Oxford University Press.


       Allsup, R. E., & Shieh, E. (in press). Fostering independent musicians. Research Perspectives on the National Standards. In S. Marrison (Ed). Reston, VA: MENC.

       

       Allsup, R. E. (2013). The compositional turn in music education: From closed forms to open texts. In M. Kaschub and J. Smith (Eds.), Composing our future: preparing music educators to teach composition. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.


       Allsup, R. E., Westerlund, H. & Shieh, E. (2012). Youth culture in secondary education. In G. McPherson & G. Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. Oxford: oxford University Press. 460-475. 


       Allsup, R. E., & Westerlund, H. (2012). Through simple discovery. . . Tanglewood II: Summoning the Future of Music Education. Chicago: Gia publishers.


       Allsup, R. E., & Olson, N. (2012). New educational frameworks for popular music and informal learning: Anticipating the second-wave. In S. Karlsen & L. Väkevä (Eds.), Future Prospects for Music Education: Corroborating Informal Learning Pedagogy (pp. 11-21).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

       Allsup, R. E. (2009). Philosophical perspectives in music education. In H. Abeles & L. Custodero (Eds.), Critical Issues in Music Education: Contemporary Theory and Practice. New York & London: Oxford University Press.

       Allsup, R. E. (2009). Choosing music literature. In H. Abeles & L. Custodero (Eds.), Critical Issues in Music Education: Contemporary Theory and Practice. New York & London: Oxford University Press.

       Allsup, R. E., Barnett, A., & Katz, E. (2006). Musical heritage: Celebrating families through music. In C. Frierson-Campbell (Ed.), Music in Urban Classroom, Vol 2: Teachers, Leaders, Partnerships, Reform. Reston, VA: MENC

       Allsup, R. E. (2004). Of concert bands and garage bands: Creating democracy through popular music. In C. Rodriguez (Ed.), Bridging the Gap: Popular Music and Music Education (pp. 204-223). Reston, VI: MENC.

    Responses & Reviews

       Allsup, R. E. (2006). Book Review: Eric Prieto, "Listening In: Music, Mind, and the Modernist Narrative" (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), Philosophy of Music Education Review, 14(1), 93-97.

       Allsup, R. E. (2005). The fifth element (or turning the dialectic on its head): A response to Estelle Jorgensen's Four philosophical models of relationship between theory and practice'. Philosophy of Music Education Review 13(1), 104-107.

       Allsup, R. E. (2004). Book Review: MacDonald, Hargreaves & Miell, "Musical Identities" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002) in Music Education Research, 6(1), 129-133.

       Allsup, R. E. (2001). Review of RIME Conference, April 3-7, 2001, University of Exeter, UK, Music Education Research 3(2), 255-256.

    Reprinted Articles

       Allsup, R. E. (2003). From Herscher to Harlem: A subjective account. [Original1997]. Readings on Diversity, Inclusion, and Music for All, Reston, VA: MENC


    Dissertation

       Allsup, R. E. (2009). 音樂互助学習与民主行為  (trans. Guo, Shengjian) Changsha, China: Hunan Normal University Press. (New preface in English and Chinese).

       Allsup, R. E. (2002). Crossing over: Mutual learning and democratic action in instrumental music education. Abstracts International, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY.

   
Print & Media Interviews

       Fender Music Foundation (2011). How is Creativity Manifested? https://thefendermusicfoundation.wordpress.com/tag/randall-allsup/

       Peterson, A. (2010). Voyages of research: a conversation with Randall Allsup. Contributions to Music Education, 37(2), 105-111.

       Randall, M. (2010). A whole lotta of learnin’ going on: pop goes to the classroom. Teaching Music, 18(1), 28-32.

       WFUV Public Radio  (October 28, 2010). Strike a Chord: Music Education. https://www.wfuv.org/news/life-arts/101028/strike-chord-music-education

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
     
        Teachers College Columbia University, New York, New York
  
          Associate Professor of Music and Music Education
          2012 - Present
          Faculty member-at-Large, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
          Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education
          Fall 2002 - 2012
   
  •     "Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education"
       
  •     "Skills and the Creative Strategy"
       
  •     "Philosophical Perspectives of Music Education"
       
  •     "Supervised Teaching of Music"
       
  •     "Seminar: Student Teaching Supervision"
       
  •     "Seminar: Music Education, Equity, and Social Justice"
       
  •     "Dissertation Seminar"
       
  •    
       
            The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland                   
              Visiting Fullbright Professor of Music Education 
              Fulbright Teaching and Research Award        
              AY 2009-2010    
       
  •     "A Writer's Workshop: Researching Music Education in English"
       
  •    
  •     "Dissertation Seminar"
       
  •        
           Chinese Cultural University, Taipei, Taiwan
             Visiting Professor of Music and Music Education
             Summer 2003
       
  •     "Introduction to Conducting and Score Reading"
       
  •     "Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education"

    Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
        Assistant Professor of Music
        Director, Music Education
        Director, Wind Ensemble
        Fall 2001 - Fall 2003
       
  •     "Contemporary Trends in Music Education I"
       
  •     "Contemporary Trends in Music Education II"
       
  •     "Woodwind Methods"
       
  •     "Hartwick College Wind Ensemble"
       
  •     "Supervised Teaching of Music"
       
    Columbia University
        Director of Bands
        Fall 1997 - Fall 2001
       
  •     Directed the Columbia University marching band, pep band, and wind symphony.

    Teachers College Columbia University
        Adjunct Instructor
        Spring 2000
        Spring 1997
       
  •     "Music for the World's Children"

        Student Teacher Supervisor
        Fall 1999 - Fall 2001
       
  •     "Supervised Teaching of Music"

        Teaching Assistant
        Fall 1991 - Fall 2001
       
  •     "Saxophone Instruction: Music Majors"
       
  •     "Woodwind Methods"
       
  •     "Saxophone and Clarinet Instruction: Non-majors"

    Our Children's Foundation, Harlem, New York
        Director of Fine and Performing Arts
        Full-time position: 1994 -1999
        Part-time 1991-1993
       
  •    
  • Created and implemented comprehensive curriculum in instrumental and general music for children ages 4-20. The Our Children's Foundation is a state-funded, nonprofit cultural and organization that services children at-risk of drug and alcohol abuse.
       
    Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY   
        Director of Bands
        Full-time: 1992-1994
       
  • Directed five bands from beginner to intermediate levels.  Responsibilities included marching band, pit band, and concert band.

     

  • RECENT PRESENTATIONS

    1st Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, November 11-13, 2011.
    "A 21stCentury Model for Music Teacher Expertise"

    Symposium on Music Teacher Education, Greensboro, North Carolina, September 15-17, 2011.
    "Authenticity, Distribution, Divergence, and Justification: Possible Organizing Principles for Reconceptualizing Music Teacher Education" with Frank Heuser, Gena Greher, and Michele Kaschub.

    Leading Music Education International Conference, London, Ontario, May 28 - June 1, 2011.
    Keynote presentation."The Compositional Turn in Music Education"

    Creativity, Imagination and Innovation in Education Symposium, New York, April 28, 2011.
    "Participating in Democracy Through Garage Bands"

    Seventh International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 12-16, 2011.
    "OMG! The Pedagogy of Surprise" with Lori Custodero

    52nd MENC Eastern Division Biennial Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 31-April 2, 2011.
    Keynote presentation.
    "Popular Culture in the Music Classroom: Negations, Affirmations, and Transformations

    Conference on Music Learning and Teaching Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, March 10-12, 2011.
    Keynote presentation.
    "The Moral Ends of Band"

    29th World Conference: International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China, August 1-6, 2010.
    "Democracy and Conflict in Chinese Music Education"

    The Ohio Music Educators Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 28-31, 2010.
    Keynote presentation.
    "Research and New Frontiers: Claiming a Scholarly Life"

    Nordic Network for Music Education: Social Justice and Inclusion in Music;Education, Hamar, Norway, November 9-13, 2009.
    Keynote presentation.
    "Experience, Social Justice, and Musical Citizenship"

    MENC’s Music Education Week in Washington, Arlington, Virginia, June 17-23, 2009
    "Contemporary Popular Music in the Classroom"

    Sixth International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 15-18, 2009
    "Methods and situational ethics in music education," with Heidi Westerlund

    MENC Biennial, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 10-13, 2008
    "Realities of Music Teaching: A Conversation"

    AERA: New York, New York, March 24-30, 2008.
    "Creating an Educational Framework for Popular Music in Public Schools: Anticipating the Second Wave"

    Tanglewood II Symposium, Williamstown, Massachusetts, June 17-23, 2007.
    Pre-Symposium Conference Report: "Music as a person-centered process"

    Toward Tanglewood II:"Underlying Tensions: The Systematic Barriers to Excellence in Teacher Education," UCLA, & The Grammy Foundation, Los Angeles, May 14, 2007.
    "The problems of music teacher education"

    Philosophy and Music Education Symposium VII, London, Ontario, June 6-9, 2007.
        "Response to Julian Humphreys: The art of the game: Music education and social     justice"   

    Fifth International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 10-14, 2007.
        "Teaching for social justice"

    MayDay Colloquium XVII, Princeton, NJ, June 22-25, 2006.
    "If you don't ask, you can't tell: Uncovered meanings in the North American drum and bugle corps"

    MENC Biennial: Salt Lake City, Utah, April 19-23, 2006.
    "Extraordinary rendition: On politics, music, and circular meanings"

    Ways of Doing: The Spencer Foundation Research Training Program, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, New York, November 7, 2005.
    "Politics as research: research on the hither side of fact"

    Philosophy and Music Education Symposium VI, Hamburg, Germany, May 18-21, 2005.
    "Species counterpoint: Darwin and the evolution of forms"

    Fourth International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 5-9, 2005.
    "Global music exchange and cultural diplomacy"

    College Band Directors National Conference, New York, New York, February 25, 2005.
    "Wind band teaching at the edge"

    New Jersey Music in Urban Schools Project, Wayne, New Jersey, February 24, 2005.
    "Introducing creativity in beginning band literature"

    Sound Ways of Learning V ! – Arts, Literacy, and Learning through Music. Wayne, New Jersey, January 12, 2005.
    "Musical heritage: celebrating families through music"

    MENC Biennial: Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 14-17, 2004.
    "Hard times: philosophy and the fundamentalist imagination"

    Cultural Diplomacy in Arts Education, New York, New York, Teachers College Columbia University, March 27-28 & April 3-4, 2004.
    "Hip-hop New York and Sweden – School students interact live with their compositions"

    Philosophy and Music Education Symposium V, Lake Forest, Illinois, June 4-7, 2003.
    "The fifth element (or turning the dialectic on its head): a response to Estelle Jorgensen’s ‘Four philosophical models of relationship between theory and practice’"

    Third International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 8 -12, 2003
    "Imagining possibilities in a global world: music, learning, and rapid change"

    2002 Hartwick College Faculty Lecture, Oneonta, New York, December 6, 2002.
    "Praxis and the possible: thoughts on the writings of Maxine Greene and Paulo Freire."

    Second International Research in Music Education Conference, Exeter, England, April 3-7, 2001.
    "Transformational education and critical music pedagogy: examining the link between culture and learning"

    Philosophy and Music Education Symposium IV, Birmingham, England, June 7-10, 2000.
    "Music education as liberatory practice: exploring the ideas of Milan Kundera"

    Philosophy and Music Education Symposium III, Los Angeles, California, May 28-31, 1997.
    "Activating self-transformation through improvisation in music education"

    Feminist Theory and Music 4, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 5-8 1997.
    "Cultural conflict in the music classroom: exploring the ideas of Lisa Delpit"

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