Posts Tagged ‘Music Teaching and Learning’


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Association of Popular Music Education spotlights USC Thornton in August newsletter

September 7, 2023

The Association for Popular Music Education (APME) featured USC Thornton in the Institutional Member Spotlight of their August 2023 newsletter. They explored the history of Thornton’s Popular Music program and key moments in its past, present and future. In the spotlight, APME shared how alumnus Samuel Rodney Browne’s (‘29) “music of the day” classes at… Continue reading Association of Popular Music Education spotlights USC Thornton in August newsletter


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Beatriz Ilari named Researcher of the Month by Tooled Up Education

July 1, 2023

Beatriz Ilari, chair of the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, was named Researcher of the Month by Tooled Up Education. The U.K. organization published an article and podcast episode on her latest research study, exploring the benefits of music education on young people’s social and emotional development. Ilari and her team of researchers,… Continue reading Beatriz Ilari named Researcher of the Month by Tooled Up Education


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Ken Foster publishes new book in arts and cultural leadership

February 22, 2023

USC Thornton professor of practice and director of the arts leadership program Ken Foster has published the second edition of his book, Arts and Cultural Leadership: Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations. This latest edition is described as “a valuable resource both for present-day arts and cultural leaders who are working to adapt to the current environment… Continue reading Ken Foster publishes new book in arts and cultural leadership


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Thornton doctoral student Siwen Xi featured in Annenberg Media about interdisciplinary yoga class

January 11, 2023

USC Thornton doctoral student Siwen Xi teaches a free yoga class in USC’s Fisher Museum of Art. Xi used the Louise Bourgeois exhibit, mental health advocate and surrealist artist, to inspire her class. “I used the words on the wall as inspiration and encouragement. It’s important for me to blend with the environment,” Xi said… Continue reading Thornton doctoral student Siwen Xi featured in Annenberg Media about interdisciplinary yoga class


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Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program alumni win award from the National Association for Music Education

August 26, 2022

Four alumni of the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program — primary investigator/author Elizabeth Palmer, (DMA ’17), Tina Huynh (MM ’14, DMA ’19), Christine D’Alexander (MM ’10, DMA ‘15) and Lisa A. Crawford (DMA ’16) — created a research group and won a competitive award from the National Association for Music Education for their pilot… Continue reading Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program alumni win award from the National Association for Music Education


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Beatriz Ilari named to the editorial board of Music Research Annual

August 22, 2022

Thornton Music Teaching & Learning Associate Professor Beatriz Ilari was named to the editorial board of Music Research Annual. The publication is the first peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing review essays from the full range of academic disciplines that study music. Thornton Interim Dean Josh Kun is also on the editorial board, which features scholars… Continue reading Beatriz Ilari named to the editorial board of Music Research Annual


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Candice D. Mattio

April 25, 2022

Dr. Candice D. Mattio’s research focuses on the intersections of musical creativity, social issues in contemporary and popular music education, and technology-based music teaching and learning contexts. Her work has been presented on the international, national, and regional stages and awarded by the Conklin Forum on Social Justice in Music Teacher Education and the Bulletin… Continue reading Candice D. Mattio


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Music Teaching & Learning program doctoral student Angelica Brooks wins 2022 Presser Music Award

March 15, 2022

USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning doctoral student Angelica Brooks has won this year’s Presser Music Award. The award is given to a graduate student demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in the field of music. Brooks will use the grant to hold a conference at USC in June for academic professors,… Continue reading Music Teaching & Learning program doctoral student Angelica Brooks wins 2022 Presser Music Award


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Music Teaching & Learning DMA student Angelica Brooks talks diversity and representation in Teaching Music Magazine

February 25, 2022

Angelica Brooks, a DMA student in the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, was featured in the cover story of the latest edition of Teaching Music Magazine. In the piece, Brooks spoke about her professional career path and the importance of HBCUs and representation in music education. “We need more minority voices at the… Continue reading Music Teaching & Learning DMA student Angelica Brooks talks diversity and representation in Teaching Music Magazine


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Beatriz Ilari interviewed by the Wall Street Journal

February 23, 2022

USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning Program Chair Beatriz Ilari was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the song “Baby Shark” and its evolution into a worldwide phenomenon. Ilari noted how children love the song for its repetition and parents hate it for the same reason. “Parents get sick and tired of it, but… Continue reading Beatriz Ilari interviewed by the Wall Street Journal