My article on DST and music education is now available for download in the TOPICS for Music Education Praxis journal. You can view it here. Very grateful to the Mayday Group for featuring it and for the work they do!
I'm back working on the New England Soundscape Project. Over the weekend I headed out to a couple of sites and had a lot of fun! If you click on the "Soundscape Project" tab to the left, it will take you there. Alternatively, you can also click here.
Delighted to share that my electroacoustic composition Recalcitrance (2012) has been selected for inclusion in Hamline University's dronestruck Audio Graffiti Project this year in St. Paul, MN. This is a curated exhibit that showcases new media and sound art that focuses on an annual theme. I wrote the piece during my first winter there. Very excited!
My podcast is now online on Sounding Out! Sounding Out Podcast #52
I have a short guest post on this week's Sounding Out! blog on my field recordings with the New England Soundscape Project. Feel free to check it out and thanks for your interest.
It's been a productive but cold winter in New England. I'm pleased to share that two articles of mine have been accepted for publication. I've updated the "Research" tab to reflect these changes. One article will appear in the Music Educators Journal, and the other in TOPICS for Music Education Praxis from the MayDay Group. I am very thankful and excited. It will take some time for them to appear in print and I'll share that information once it's available. Another short book review will also appear in the Music Educators Journal later this year. In all cases, there is always some wait before the final "products" come out. I'll update the site at that time.
Our NSF-funded "Teach a Computer to Sing" project is going well. We're learning a lot and enjoying the weekly interactions at the Bartlett Community Partnership School. We have a great team of evaluators, student workers, and staff helping us with the grant. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience that is both parts challenging and interesting. My colleague Jesse Heines and I also look forward to presenting some updates on this research at the BIBAC (Bridging Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures) Conference in Cambridge this summer. I had a nice time presenting some research at the Jazz Educators Network Conference in Louisville back in January. It's always nice to hear from interesting research and meet new colleagues.
Other than that I have a couple of book chapters to work on this spring along with an interesting research project with one of my UML music colleagues. We're doing some research on student motivations to learn music technology. I am hopeful to share more about that in the near future. Likewise, I'm waiting to hear back on a couple of other papers still out for review along with plugging away at my doctorate. I'm taking "Politics of Educational Decision Making" and excited to take a couple of new courses this summer. Here's hoping for a warmer spring. At that time I will continue my soundscape excursions across New England. Wishing all of you a wonderful 2016.
Wrapping up the fall semester and looking forward to the holidays. Thankfully, it's been a productive term in many ways and a growing experience in others. Our NSF project is going well. I'm learning a lot and find the work to be very rewarding. I'll have more to share on that in the coming months. I started some field recording for the New England Soundscape Project in October. I visited four sites and used some of the sounds to create a new short multimedia piece called "Otter Creek Sunrise". Along with that, I started writing about the project in some detail.
Over the past several months, I prepared a series of manuscripts for publication. Some of these papers come from longstanding ideas I've had through several years of teaching. Others are reports on current research projects. Still others are from conference presentations and the remaining are based on CFP's I found interesting. In November I experimented with thirty days of writing and managed to achieve that except for one day. That experiment helped to improve some of my productivity in these areas. Working on publication has been an interesting and humbling experience. Four manuscripts came back with revise and resubmit requests. A couple of those had been rejected previously. It shows me that persistence is a good quality to have. Responding to referee comments and formatting each paper has also been a learning experience. Generally, I've found the whole process to be positive--this despite having to remain calm during the long waiting periods. :)
I'm excited about a few things coming up in the New Year. I submitted a book chapter proposal that was recently accepted and am anxious to get to work on it. I have a presentation at the Jazz Educators Network Conference in Louisville in January and the Rhythm Changes Conference in Birmingham, UK in April. Beyond that I'm working on a poster presentation with a colleague from R.I.T. to give at the SIGCSE Conference in Memphis this March. I'm also working with that same colleague on a co-written book chapter with several others. That's exciting!
Our new Composition for New Media degree proposal is coming along. We had good news this fall on it and I'm hoping that the proposal moves up the ladder in the spring. So far, so good. I'm grateful to my colleagues for their feedback and support in helping to make the proposal as strong as possible. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will share more specifics as they come up. I finished a duet piece for trombone and vibraphone. I sent that out to a few calls for scores along with my piece "Fall Change" for solo flute. At present, I'm working on a piece for French Horn and hope to have that finished in January.
For those who visit this page regularly, I have updated some of the sections. Publications are slowly coming out. The Journal of Music, Technology & Education article came out in September. My podcast review in the Journal of Radio & Audio Media came out in November and the Leonardo Music Journal-25 article came out on December 1st. I hope to have more updates on that front soon. Lastly, I am making steady progress on my doctorate in educational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. I took an Inferential Statistics class which was very challenging (at least for me!). I have learned a great deal and look forward to continuing in the spring. 18 credits finished so far. I transferred in 18 credits and am a little more than halfway done. It's been a wonderful experience and I'm thankful for the supportive environment in the UC program. Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season and thank you for reading.
Taylor & Francis has made 50 free copies of my media review available for download. Here is the address. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Qv2FH8aWfur3g6f9wsDB/full
I've been working on some new music using sounds captured out in the field. Thought I would share one of the pieces. https://vimeo.com/146507472
I found this to be an interesting read. Thought I'd pass on the link to those who read this blog on a regular basis. http://www.soundreflections.org/r-murray-schafer-on-silence/
Assistant Professor of Composition for New Media at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This blog summarizes my research and creative interests. Thank you for stopping by.