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Student Research Symposium

Student Research Symposium 2018

Keynote Speaker: Lee Higgins

Lee Higgins

Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, UK and is the President of International Society of Music Education.

Author of Community Music: in Theory and Practice, Engaging in Community Music, and editor of the newly published, The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, Lee is a leading contributor in the rapidly growing field of Community Music.

As a community musician, he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, and orchestra outreach.

As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings. He is the Senior Editor for the International Journal of Community Music.



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Cultivating Musical Expressivity in Beginning Instrumentalists

Lauren Ryals & Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal

Sharp School

Uke, Flow, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Communitas in a Community Ukulele Group

Dr. Jill Reese

The State University of New York at Fredonia

Facilitating Community Ukulele Groups: A Collaborative Autophenomenography

Dr. Louise Anderson & Dr. Jill Reese

The State University of New York at Fredonia and Salisbury University

Improving Quality of Life - Music for Adults with Developmental and/or Physical Disabilities: A Unique University/Community Collaboration

Dr. Lyn E. Schraer-Joine

Kean University

Holistic Instruction and Mentorship: Effectively Practicing the Ideals of El Sistema

Christine D'Alexander

Northern Illinois University

Three Fathers’ Contributions To Their Children’s Musical Lives

Mya Scarlato

Teachers College, Columbia University

The challenge for research to explore the benefits of shared musical experience?

Dr. Liz Mellor

York St. John  University

Aesthetic Contact in Community Music

Dr. Liz Mellor

York St. John University

Community Music as a Research Context for Positive Plasticity Across the Lifespan

Dr. David Myers

University of Minnesota

The Development of Oral & Aural Skills Within the Community Choir through Socialization

Jeremy Watson

Teachers College, Columbia University

Teaching Community Music in Academic Settings

Jess Abrams

University of Edinburgh MSc

Crossing the Divide; Community Music in Schools in Scotland

Jess Abrams

University of Edinburgh MSc

Theatre, Spirituality, and Mercy Partners in the Discovery of a Transformative and Greater Universal Presence

Anne Redlin

Teachers College, English, Theatre, and in Education Program

Halfway In, Halfway Out: Songwriting as a Ground for Interdisciplinary Partnerships in/with/through Music

Dr. David A. Stringham, Cynthia A. Hunter, Jesse Rathgeber, Grace M. Cuevas, Lily Gates, Rebecca Kenanga, & Emily Veramessa

James Madison University

Teaching Vietnamese Music Through Linguistic & Folklore Context

Phan Gia Anh Thư & Ngô Thanh Nhàn

Teachers College and New York University

Addressing Sustainability in Community Art Ecosystems

Jon Stapleton & Dr. David Stringham

James Madison University

Mapping Community Music: Chiptune and Contemporary Musicianship

Jon Stapleton

James Madison University

Traversing the Tenuous Terrains of Music Education and Community Music Therapy

Jesse Rathgeber, Jon M. Stapleton, Robby McCoubrey, Shelby E. Hall, Erin Dixon, & Dr. David Stringham

James Madison University

Community Building in an After-school Music Program

Ieong Cheng Katy Ho & Yan Colon

Teachers College, Columbia University

Connecting Community Musicians and Children Through a Social Justice Curriculum

Lauren Diaz

Teachers College, Columbia University

Facilitating a Community Arts Organization's Work in Schools

Dr. Hal Abeles, Lindsey Castellano, Lauren Diaz, & Kari Francis

Teachers College, Columbia University

The participation of graduate students as a special component in Every Voice Choirs (EVC)

Siwen Xi

Teachers College, Columbia University

“Música sin barreras” “Music Without Barriers”: "Orquestando" Music Education program for students deprived of freedom

Anibal Martel Andrade

Ministry of Education of Peru

Profiles of Community Musicians in an Urban Setting

Kari Francis

Teachers College, Columbia University

Breaking the Boundaries of Isolation and Attrition in Music Doctoral Programs Through Cohort Education

Katherine Sadler

Teachers College, Columbia University

Expanding the Core of Orchestral Training - Exploring the Transformative Potential of

Rebekah Carpio

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Community Engagement Activities within Conservatoire Training

Utilising Born’s “four planes” model to explore the role that music could play in tackling mental health stigma.

Debbie Rodgers

Canterbury Christ Church University

My Kind of Treble: Working with Gender-Inclusive Vocal Ensembles

Felicity Graham

Teachers College, Columbia University

A Case-Study “Dialogue between Musical Cultures”-

Anna Shapira

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

An Examination of the Creative Aspects of Music Composition Courses, with a Focus on the Use of Modeling

Hyun-Ji Oh

Teachers College, Columbia University

Towards a Spectrum from a Binary: Working Towards an Understanding, Impact, and Implications of the Introduction of a Community Music Program in an Existing Conservatory Culture

Rebecca McCay

University of Laurier