When Penn State’s Anthony Leach is not traveling the world with his choir, Essence of Joy, he’s right here in State College, Pennsylvania, nurturing his students’ talents. Leach, professor of music and music education at Penn State, is an award-winning educator and conductor whose talents have taken him far and wide, with several compositions under his belt. Despite all of this, his humble demeanor is evident in his work and the relationship he shares with his students.
The research and creative activity of College of Arts and Architecture faculty members is on display in a series of videos produced by the college. The fourth video in the series features Ann Clements, associate professor and graduate chair in music education, discussing the virtual reality teaching lab.
Lisa Marie Rogali, a Penn State senior pursuing the bachelor of music education degree, was awarded the Encouragement Award at the Dec. 5 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Pittsburgh. Her Met competition repertoire included Handel’s “Da tempeste” from "Giulio Cesare" and Menotti’s “Steal Me, Sweet Thief” from "The Old Maid and the Thief."
A free performance of the "Partners in Music" program, a collaborative effort between Penn State and local schools, will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Park Forest Middle School, 2180 School Dr. in State College. The program includes two fifth-grade bands and one fifth-grade orchestra.
University of Arizona music education professor Shelly Cooper will present two lectures on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Penn State School of Music. At 9 a.m., she will present "Movement as a Foundational Learning Tool in General Music" in 117 Music Building I. She will lecture on "A Research Agenda that Follows Multiple Pathways" at 2:30 p.m. in 102 Music Building I. Cooper's visit to the University Park campus is hosted by the Penn State School of Music's Center for the Study of Music Learning and Teaching. Both lectures are free and to the public.
The Penn State School of Music will host the annual CIC conference for music education faculty and doctoral students on Oct. 8 to 10. The meeting, coordinated and hosted by a different Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) institution each year, brings together faculty members and students from the 13 Big Ten member institutions offering music education degree programs.
A Penn State alumnus is the communications officer for a nonprofit organization that brings music to under-served public school districts.
Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice, says Joanne Rutkowski, professor of music education. The quality of the voice is dependent on many factors; however, barring a physical vocal disability, everyone can learn to sing.
Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music and music education in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, has been named the University's second Penn State laureate. He succeeds the inaugural laureate, Kim Cook, professor of music in cello. Penn State's new laureate, a tenor vocalist, pianist and music educator, plans to engage audiences and help them connect to music as part of his yearlong duties to raise awareness of the arts and enrich the public's cultural experience. Featured in this video is "Walk Together Children," a song arranged by Leach in 1998 and performed here by Penn State choir Essence of Joy.
Penn State's new laureate, a tenor vocalist, pianist and music educator, plans to engage audiences and help them connect to music as part of his yearlong duties to raise awareness of the arts and enrich the public's cultural experience. Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music and music education in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, has been named the University's second Penn State laureate. He succeeds the inaugural laureate, Kim Cook, professor of music in cello.
Donald Hodges, Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will give a series of free public lectures on Tuesday, March 3, in Music Building I on the Penn State University Park campus. "BioMusic: An evolutionary basis for musicality" is at 9:45 a.m. in Room 110; "Neurosciences and Music: Music and the Brain" at 1 p.m. in Room 102; and "Emotional Responses to Music" at 2:30 p.m. in Room 100. The School of Music Center for the Study of Music Learning and Teaching is sponsoring Hodges's lectures.
Essence of Joy, the acclaimed student gospel choir from Penn State's University Park campus, brings its enthusiastic performance to Penn State Harrisburg for a public concert Friday (Feb. 6). The 7 p.m. presentation in the Capital Union Building, also featuring Penn State Harrisburg's Capital College Choir, is free and open to the public.
Imagine a painter's palette having only 12 colors. "The artist could create an infinite number of paintings, but the paintings would be limited to those 12 colors. In the same way," says Scott Heffner, "almost all of Western music consists of only 12 tones."
As a result, according to Heffner, a music education major, most students come to class with a rigid concept of what music should sound like. "Just about everything composed during the last 300 years, from pop music and ad jingles to Beethoven, follows the same structural principles."