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KU School of Music faculty invited to Lithuania to consult on music education degree

Monday, October 25, 2010

Debra and Steven Hedden, both professors of Music Education and Music Therapy at KU, were invited by the Vilnius Pedagogical University in Vilnius, Lithuania, to serve as curriculum consultants on the institution's music education degree. They were in Lithuania from October 9-18, 2010.

Vilnius Pedagogical University has offered degrees in both education and music, but the institution is now implementing a new music education degree. At VPU, Debra and Steve made presentations to faculty members from VPU and other Lithuanian universities and to teachers from local schools; they also worked closely with VPU undergraduate students. They also made a presentation to faculty at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius.

Steve Hedden, a Colby, Kansas, native, earned three degrees in music education while attending KU: a PhD in 1971; a master's in music education in 1969; and a bachelor's degree in music education in 1964. His experience and leadership include appointments at the University of Arizona as vice dean for academics and research at the College of Fine Arts; acting dean and interim director of the Peter Treistman Fine Arts Center for New Media; College of Fine Arts associate dean for academic affairs; and professor and coordinator of music education. He also taught for 15 years at the University of Iowa, including six years as chair of the music education department, and taught at KU from 1970-1971 and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1971 to 1972. He joined KU after working as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University for the 2002-2003 school year. He served as dean of KU's School of Fine Arts, now the School of Music, from 2003-2008.

Debra Hedden received a B.M. in music education from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in music education from the University of Northern Iowa, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in music education from the University of Northern Iowa. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher in Iowa by MENC and IMEA, named in MENC's Teaching Music, October 2000 and received various teaching awards at UNI. At KU, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and has founded the KU Youth Chorus (KUYC) in which both undergraduates and graduates work with her in conducting weekly choral rehearsals. Recently her book, Threading the Concept: Powerful Learning for the Music Classroom was published by Rowman and Littlefield.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu

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