- July, 2007)
Susan is the Coordinator of Music Education at Appalachian
State University in Boone, North Carolina. Her traditional
music involvement started with high school folk dance activities.
She has played bass and piano for folk dance groups and at
commercial country and bluegrass venues in Florida and has
taught music at the elementary and middle school level.
Susan's Fellowship work at Berea June - July
2007, focused on the development of teaching resources for
elementary and middle school music classes that meet
state and national music education standards.
The resources she developed are
derived mainly from singing games, games without music, dances, folk songs,
ballads and tales documented in audio and manuscript materials
in Berea's Leonard Roberts
Collection which documents many aspects of eastern Kentucky folklife.
Fellowship Activities Summary
The teaching resources Susan developed are in the process of being made available
through a website, journal publications, classroom lecture/demonstrations,
and music education in-service workshops.
The web site is now posted for limited viewing
to gain feedback on the look and user-friendliness of the
materials. Design of an introductory page is underway
with the goal of having the finished site in place starting January 2008.
Opportunities for teaching the featured songs,
dances, and games beyond college classes have included presentations
at such venues as the Appalachian Festival
at Frostburg State University. An article on family traditions of traditional
music and its use in elementary music classes is forthcoming in a 2008
issue of General Music Today. Another article, "Tracing
the Footsteps of a Folklorist" will appear in The Mountain
Lake Reader Spring 2008 issue.
Professional association presentations are
in the works for the Cultural Diversity in Music Education
(CDIME) conference in Seattle, March, 2008 and the American
Orff-Schulwerk Association (motion and music) in Charlotte,
NC, November, 2008.
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