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Harold Abeles

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S., M.S. in Music Education, University of Connecticut; Ph.D. in Education, University of Maryland

Scholarly Interests

Professor Abeles' research has focused on a variety of topics including, the evaluation of community-based arts organizations, the assessment of instrumental instruction, the sex-stereotyping of music instruments, the evaluation of applied music instructors, the evaluation of ensemble directors, technology-based music instruction, and verbal communication in studio instruction.

Selected Publications

 Selected Publications:

Abeles, H. F. &  Custodero, L. A., eds. (2010).  Critical Issues in Music Education:  From Theory to Practice, New York: Oxford University Press.

Abeles, H. F.  Hoffer, C., & Klotman, R. (1994).  Foundations of Music Education: Second Edition . New York: Schirmer Books.

Abeles, H., Hafeli, M., Horowitz, R., & Burton J. (2002). The Evaluation of Arts Partnerships and Learning in and Through the Arts. In R. Colwell (Ed.), New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Burton, J., Horowitz, R., & Abeles, H. (2000). Learning in and through the arts. In Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning. Washington: President's Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Abeles, H. F. & Chung, J. W. (1995). Responses to music. In D. Hodges (Ed.), Handbook of music psychology: Second edition. Omaha, Nebraska: Kendall‑Hunt.

Abeles, H. F. (1992). Guide to Interpreting research in music education. In R. Colwell (Ed.), Handbook for Research in Music Teaching and Learning New York: Schirmer Books.

Abeles, H. F. (2004). The effect of three orchestra/school partnerships on students’ interest in instrumental music instruction.  Journal of Research in Music Education, 44 (3)

Burton, J., Horowitz, R. & Abeles, H.(2000). Learning in and through the arts: Curriculum implications. NAEA, Studies in Art Education, 41,2.

Abeles, H. F. (1992). Different criteria for evaluating Applied Music Instruction. The Quarterly. III.(with S. Levausseur & J. Goffi)

Abeles, H. F. (1986). Student Responses to Artists-in-the School Performances.  New York State Music Research Journal, I

Abeles, H. F. (1986). Action research: A model for academic alliances in music education. Southeastern Music Education Journal. (with R. H. Stephens)

Abeles, H. F. (1982). The future directions of research methodology and measurement techniques in the field of psychology and acoustics of music. Psychology and Acoustics of Music. Lawrence, Kansas.

 Abeles, H. F. (1975). Characteristics of effective applied instructors as perceived by their students. Journal of Research in Music Education, XXIII(2).

Abeles, H. F. (1973). Development and validation of a clarinet performance adjudication scale. Journal of Research in Music Education, XXI(3).

Abeles, H. F. (1973). A facet-factorial approach to the construction of rating scales to measure complex behavior. Journal of Educational Measurement, 10(2).

 Unpublished Research and Assessment Reports:

Abeles, H. F. (2005).  Evaluation Report:  Performing Arts Curriculum, Edgemont Public Schools.

Abeles, H. F. (2004).  Evaluation Report:  Music Curriculum, Pleasantville, New York.

Abeles, H. F. (2001, 2004)  Assessment Reports:  The Hartford Symphony Orchestras’ Symphony in the Schools Program Evaluation Project.  Report to the Hartford Symphony Board of Trustees.

Abeles, H. F. (2002-2007).  Annual Assessment Reports:  The New Jersey Symphony Orchestras’ Newark Early Strings Program Evaluation Project.  Report to the NJSO Board of Trustees.

Abeles, H. F. (1997 -2002).  Annual Assessment Reports: The Cleveland Orchestra Learning Through Music Evaluation Project.  Report to the Cleveland Orchestra, Board of Trustees.(with M. Hafeli) 

Abeles, H. F. (1996-2000).  Annual Assessment Reports: The Baltimore Symphony, Arts Excel Evaluation Project.  Report to the Baltimore Symphony Board of Trustees. (with M. Hafeli) 

Abeles, H. F. (1996 -2001).  Annual Assessment Reports: The Detroit Arts Centered Education Program Evaluation Project.  Report to ACE Board of Trustees.  (with M. Hafeli) 

Abeles, H. F. (1995 -1999).  Annual Assessment Reports: The Bushnell, Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing the Schools Evaluation Project.  Report to Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Board of Trustees.  (with M. Hafeli) 

Abeles, H. F. (1996). Final Report of the Lincoln Center Institute Project at Teachers College.  Report to the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Center Institute.

 

biographical information

A&HM 4901: Research and independent study in music education

For Music majors only. Research and independent study under the direction of a member of the Music Education Program faculty.

A&H 5001: Research methods in arts education

An examination of research studies and strategies for conducting research in the arts. Special fee: $25.

A&H 5002: Assessment strategies for the arts

An examination of traditional and alternative strategies for assessing art objects and artistic performance, knowledge of the arts, and attitudes toward the arts.

A&HM 5003: Introduction to the perception and cognition of music performance

An examination of acoustic and psychological foundations of music.

A&HM 5020: Foundations of music education

An examination of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological bases of music education, emphasizing the implications for the development of curriculum, policy, and administrative leadership.

A&HM 5141: Special Topics in Music: Research

Selected topics of interest in music examined in depth. Topic announced each semester.

A&HM 5901: Research and independent study in music education

For Music majors only. Research and independent study under the direction of a member of the Music Education Program faculty.

A&HM 6001: Teaching and administration of music in college

Major issues relating to the curriculum, instruction and administration of programs of music and music education in colleges and universities.

A&HA 6021: Supervision and administration: Arts in education

Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: Substantial teaching and/or arts administration experience. The function of supervision and administration: Effective programs in city, county, and state school systems; inservice education and workshop techniques; school and community relationships; nontraditional settings such as museums, arts councils, etc. Special fee: $15.

A&HM 6421: Internship in the supervision and administration of music

Professor Abeles. For Music majors only. Qualified students work as interns with supervisors or administrators in selected sites. Satisfies the internship requirement for administrative and supervisory certification. Provision is made for assessment of field-based competencies in fulfillment of program requirements

A&HM 6501: Doctoral seminar in music education

Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Office (520A Horace Mann) is also required. For Music majors only. Music doctoral candidates will identify their area of research interest and narrow their dissertation topic.

A&HM 6971: Research and independent study in music education

Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Office (520A Horace Mann) is also required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member in Music Education.

A&HM 7501: Dissertation seminar in music education

Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Office (520A Horace Mann) is also required. For Music majors only. A required group tutorial for music doctoral students to help develop or refine topics of inquiry for research. The teaching format is flexible and may include faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. Preparation and presentation of dissertation proposal for approval. Students may register for a maximum of one term.

A&HM 8900: Dissertation advisement in music education

Permission required from advisor and sign-up in the Music Office (520A Horace Mann) is also required. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations for music majors only. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

Documents & Papers

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Harold Abeles appeared in the following articles:

Looking Beyond The Frame (6/26/2013)

Arts Instruction is Vital to Innovation and the Economy, Abeles Writes to Obama (12/13/2012)

A Masterclass Study Guide (12/7/2012)

Teachers College Collaborates on Study Guide for YoungArts MasterClass Program (10/26/2012)

Academic Festival III: The Sessions (5/4/2011)

Employee News (2/11/2011)

TC Receives $1 Million Grant to Create Study Guide for the HBO Series "Masterclass" (12/20/2010)

Staffing News (12/17/2010)

Commentary: Why Ask Why About the Arts? (12/8/2010)

You May Say We Are Dreamers (12/8/2010)

2010-11: The Year of Research at TC (11/17/2010)

The State of the College: It's the Year of Research at TC (10/26/2010)

Five by the Faculty (1/11/2010)

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision (1/11/2010)

Five by the Faculty (12/23/2009)

Inspirational Band Brings TC Audience to Its Feet (1/28/2009)

Elmo Learns the Drums, With Help from Teachers College (8/8/2008)

What is the Role of the Arts in 21st Century Schools? (5/8/2007)

Honoring an Arts Educator (2/22/2007)

Where Teachers Are Made (2/23/2005)

Cathy Benedict (2/7/2005)

Billy Taylor To Receive TC Medal (10/31/2003)

Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in Education (8/1/2003)

Rob Horowitz: Arts Education Promotes Intellectual Development (4/1/2002)

Diversity Fellows Create New Realities (1/1/2002)

Carol Porter: A Doctoral Student With Seniors on Her Mind (12/1/2001)

Two Diversity Fellows in Counseling and Technology Selected to Create New Realities (11/1/2001)

Our New Interim Dean: Ruth Vinz (9/1/2001)

Dave Brubeck: Teacher (6/1/2001)

Christoph Wolff on Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (5/1/2001)

Burton Delivers Lowenfeld Lecture at NAEA Convention — Burton, Abeles, and Horowitz Receive the Barkan Memorial Award (3/1/2001)

Partners in Pressing for Reforms in Education (4/1/2000)

Shifting the Arts Debate from One-Way Transfer of Skills To the General Development of Critical Thinking Abilities (6/1/1999)

Gloria Pasley: A Student Who Thrives on Adversity (12/16/1997)

Professor Burton to Chair NAEA Task Force (12/16/1997)