MSU Professor to Present Wolf Lecture

October 17, 2011

Dr. Cynthia Taggart is a professor of music education and area chair of music at the Michigan State University College of Music.Dr. Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education and area chair of music at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Music, will present the Wolf Lecture on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus.
Taggart will discuss Changing Landscapes in Music Education: Issues Facing Music in the Schools. Her talk will focus on the issues facing K-12 music education and what they mean for the practice of teachers as well as for members of the communities in which the programs reside.
Recipient of the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, Taggart directs and teaches in the early childhood education music program at MSU. She served as president of the College Music Society from 2008 through 2010.
Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Taggart taught at Case Western Reserve University, where she received the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also has extensive elementary and preschool teaching experience in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Well known for her research in music education, Taggart’s research interests include early childhood music, measurement, psychology of music, music learning theory and music aptitude. She has co-authored and co-edited numerous books such as Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum Grades K-6, Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music, The Development and Practical Applications of Music Learning Theory and The Early Childhood Music Curriculum: Experimental Songs and Chants. Taggart’s work also has been published in many academic journals including Journal of Music Teacher Education, Perspectives, Early Childhood Connections, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Journal of Research in Music Education.
Taggart earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan as well as a doctorate degree in music education from Temple University.

The John and Eleanor Mincks Wolf Lecture in Music Education and English was established with gifts in 1999 and 2009 to honor the memory of John ’47 and Eleanor (Mincks) Wolf. John was a teacher of music for 30 years in the Strongsville schools and Eleanor was a teacher of English and Latin in Richfield and Highland school districts. Distributions from the endowed fund are used to bring professionals in the disciplines of music education or English to campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall, which stands on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street, across from the Campus Lakes. 
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