2013 Session Proposal: Optimal Experience, Self-Determination Theory, Video Games & Music Theory Pedagogy (A Future Dissertation)

This open discussion session will include an introduction to two theories of psychology that are fueling my budding dissertation topic: Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Theory and Deci & Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory. My initial interest in both theories came from a desire to understand video game design and how it might be applied to undergraduate music theory curriculum. For … Continue reading 2013 Session Proposal: Optimal Experience, Self-Determination Theory, Video Games & Music Theory Pedagogy (A Future Dissertation)

2013 Session Proposal: Creating a Conceptual Workshop

The pedagogical techniques offered in Don Finkel’s book Teaching With Your Mouth Shut (2000) attempt to democratize responsibility for learning, rather than treat the teacher as all-knowing authority figure.  This session will focus on the creation and application of a conceptual workshop or “blueprint for learning,” a technique set forth in Finkel’s book.  This technique … Continue reading 2013 Session Proposal: Creating a Conceptual Workshop

2013 Session Proposal: My Professor Ate my Homework!? In-class meetings under the flipped model

This talk session will explore a variety of in-class models that become possible when the majority of information delivery gets moved out of class time.  We will explore some of the common in-class activities that have been effective and consider some other possible experiments and ideas that are particularly relevant to studying music.   Continue reading 2013 Session Proposal: My Professor Ate my Homework!? In-class meetings under the flipped model

2013 Session Proposal: Pads, Pods, and Apps

This session considers the role of mobile technology in and out of the music theory classroom. I will share and demonstrate several applications and activities from my music theory, musicianship, and music appreciation courses, including peer analysis, campus/community fieldwork, performance simulation, and tutorial production. The rapid expansion of tablet use in primary and secondary education … Continue reading 2013 Session Proposal: Pads, Pods, and Apps

2013 Session proposal: Promoting musical fluency

This will be a “flipped” session on a topic primarily centered on aural skills pedagogy. Before the session, please read my blog post, “Promoting musical fluency -or- Why I de-emphasize sight-singing and dictation in class.” During the first half (roughly) of this session, we will discuss the issues raised in this post: chiefly, the difference … Continue reading 2013 Session proposal: Promoting musical fluency