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RESEARCH Pamela Stover, Chairperson Research Focus on Creativity


First of all some personal news–I have taken a new position at the University of Toledo in Ohio. While I am excited about the new opportunities for me in Ohio, I am a bit sad to leave my home state of Illinois. Do know that I am still available for workshops and clinics, and since I have family in central Illinois . . . you never know, I may just show up at the Illinois Music Education Conference! I have thoroughly enjoyed being your research chair, and hope that many of you are inspired to research the answers to your puzzling teaching and learning questions. Just a reminder that there will be a research paper reading session as well as a poster session at January’s conference and it is not too early to begin a research study for the 2013 conference.


Since this issue of the Illinois Music Educator is focused on creativity I thought that I would give some NAfME (formerly MENC) resources for creative thinking and creativity that would be good for both teachers and researchers.


First of all, the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference will be held March 28-31 in nearby St. Louis, Missouri. NAfME has re-tooled the Biennial conference to be a forum for research and pedagogical innovations as well as a conference for our Collegiate NAfME members. Go to http://www.menc.org/events/view/2012-biennial-music- educators-national-conference for more information. Would you be interested in presenting? T e call for papers and ses- sions can be found at http://www.menc.org/v/higher_education_admin/call-for-papers-and-sessions-2012. Applications are accepted for Research Presentations and Posters; Sessions on Programs, Practices and Issues; Data-driven Instructional Strategies; and Professional Development presentations for CNAfME members.


NAfME also has several SRIGs (Special Research Interest Groups) under the umbrella of the Society for Research in Music Education. T e link to see the list of SRIGs and to join one is http://www.menc.org/v/higher_education_admin/special- research-interest-groups-srigs/. T e 2010-2012 chair for the Creativity SRIG is Dr. Alex Ruthmann at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Alex is also a technology guru who posts lots of innovations on his Facebook page. T e chair-elect is Dr. Katy Strand at Indiana University.


As the grand fi nale for my fi nal column, I would like to feature the work of IMEA member, Dr. Peter Webster. Peter has dedicated much of his academic life to the issue of creativity, the theme for this issue. Dr. Webster is the John Beattie Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


Peter Webster (pwebster@northwestern.edu) continues to maintain an annotated bibliography of practical, conceptual and research-based writings on creative thinking in music (K-18). T e most recent version can be found on his personal website at http://www.peterrwebster.com. His work also includes a model of creative thinking in music that has been useful to several researchers and theorists over the years. It is a descriptive model that has been noted in the Encyclopedia of Creativity and is available directly from him upon request.


Webster’s Measure of Creative T inking in Music continues to be the only such measure of its kind and has been used by both practitioners and researchers for over 20 years. T e measure is designed to be administered to children between the ages of 6 and 10, although it has been used eff ectively with older and younger children with some modifi cation. T e measure is administered one on one and is designed to be video recorded and scored for both objective and subjective fac- tors. T e factors are defi ned as extensiveness, fl exibility, syntax and originality. A total score from these factors can be used as an index of creative thinking in music for children as they engage in enjoyable, quasi-improvisational activities. Webster distributes the measure freely for the asking. His many writings on creativity and creative thinking in music represent a lifetime of work on this topic.


As a closing note, I would like to thank the IMEA board. It has been great working with such creative and energetic teachers. I wish that you all have a creative (and energetic) school year.


Dr. Pamela Stover Assistant Professor of Music Education University of Toledo Pamela.Stover@utoledo.edu or pamelajstover@gmail.com


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