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Wednesday, August 2 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Making, Participating, and Community-building: JMUke and Places of Music Learning

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In this session, faculty and students involved in the JMUke project will: (a) review relevant research literature related to informal and participatory learning as well as the intersection of maker culture and music learning; (b) facilitate a truncated JMUke session in which participants build and play ukuleles; and (c) facilitate a discussion exploring possibilities for integrating participatory and/or community-based experiences into music courses (and other arts-based courses). Throughout, presenters will discuss elements of experience design and social impact related to JMUke project (drawing on data generated at actual JMUke events hosted by students).

At JMU and in the surrounding community, most opportunities for individuals to experience music are presentational in nature. While these may be meaningful experiences for some, the prevalence of presentational music may limit music-making opportunities for community members. Recent research indicates that existing presentational music groups engage only 10-20% of K-12 students nationally, and just 5% of American adults identify as participants in community presentational music making. JMUke, a project funded by a JMU Faculty Senate Mini-Grant, attempts to address this problem by engaging undergraduate music students through using technologies and pedagogical techniques heretofore underrepresented in their pre-service teacher education. Students participating in this project build ukuleles and plan participatory music making/learning events at various locations in the community, addressing various populations (e.g., children, adults, families).

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Lindsey Bross

Lindsey Bross is an undergraduate student at James Madison University. She is pursuing a B.M. in Music Education (concentration in Voice) and a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages (concentration in French) and Interdisciplinary Religions. In her spare time, Lindsey is active as President... Read More →

Andrew Foote

Andrew Foote is a tuba player, majoring in Music Education at James Madison University. He performs in the award winning JMU Brass Band, including an appearance at the RNCM in Manchester, UK in January 2017. He is an active member of the Marching Royal Dukes, JMUke, NAfMEC, Massanutten... Read More →
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Jesse Rathgeber

Assistant Professor, James Madison University
Considering Tinkering with Music through Technology
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Jon M. Stapleton

James Madison University
Jon M. Stapleton is a musician, maker, and teacher from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. His scholarly interests focus on the intersection of music, technology, learning, and culture. Jon has presented on these topics at both national and international music education conferences... Read More →

David Stringham

James Madison University
David A. Stringham has taught music to students in public, private, university, and community settings. His research interests include composition, improvisation, music technology, and lifelong musicianship. His most recent publications appear in Bulletin of the Council for Research... Read More →

Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
La Guardia Co-op Lower Level 539 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

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