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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond Had Succcessful Launch of New Series, FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain, preservationist and developer of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS. The first very successful talk occurred at the Vagabond Hotel on Monday, August 18th, 2014 and featured speaker Terry Riley, architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum and Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art. The event gathered more than 300 arts patrons at the recently renovated, prime example of Mid-Century Miami Modern architecture.

Dean Brian Schriner of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts created the ART TALKS as part of the CARTA 2020 vision, which emphasizes the College’s creativity and innovation, as well as its connections to the local community and the  Arts Community. We welcome your attendance, as the series will continue with a talk at the Bakehouse Art Complex on October 20th and with another at C1 Bank in Wynwood on November 17th. During December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week, the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED Art fair.

Click here to view a video of the Vagabond event.

 

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CARTA Happy Hour at Blue Martini A Success

CARTA faculty, staff, and alumni mixed and mingled at Blue Martini on Wednesday, September 19th. Sipping on complimentary drinks and enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by Blue Martini, guests were able to reconnect with old acquaintances and make new friends. Please click here to view photos from the event.

CARTA would like to thank Blue Martini for their generous support.

 

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Howard Miller Named CARTA Interim Director of Strategic Planning and Communication

On Wednesday, September 3rd, Mr. Howard Miller was named the College of Architecture + The Arts’ Interim Director of Strategic Planning and Communication. Mr. Miller brings with him unique qualifications, professional experience, and a proven track record as a fundraiser and communication professional. His primary functions will be to proactively support the implementation of CARTA 2020 and will work to establish departmental fundraising boards, provide leadership on all communication discussions and initiatives, assess the effectiveness of the College’s Annual Communication Plan, and ensure the College and its constituent units have strong public images.

As President of Howard R. Miller Communications (HRMC) and Chairman of the Synergy Entertainment Group, Mr. Miller has earned a national reputation as an energetic and innovative executive in the communications and entertainment industry, serving clients in the corporate, social service and entertainment industries. He oversees the day-to-day activities of his award-winning, full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, which serves international, national, regional and local clients. Mr. Miller is an FIU alumnus who graduated in 1979. He has served on the FIU President’s Council for five years and been a leader in fundraising for the First Generation Scholarship Campaign.

Please join the Dean and the rest of the College’s faculty and staff in welcoming Howard to his new position in CARTA!

 

 

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Dean Schriner Keynote Speaker at Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce City Beautiful Awards

Dean Brian Schriner was invited by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 City Beautiful Awards celebration on Thursday, August 21stat the Biltmore Hotel, speaking about the power of creative design to realize innovative solutions. He drew parallels between George Merrick’s vision for Coral Gables and the College of Architecture + The Arts’ vision as a premier cultural center and educational institution as entities that rely on the power of architecture and design. The Dean also shared information on how the College engages local and global communities to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.

Sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, and presented in partnership with the Chamber, the City Beautiful Awards are presented by the Chamber each year to celebrate the most outstanding examples of architectural achievement among commercial properties in Coral Gables, presenting awards in the categories of Outstanding Interior Commercial Building, Outstanding Exterior Commercial Building, Outstanding Retail Showroom, and Outstanding Restoration Project.

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Anabella Smith ’81, Partner and Director of Interior Design at Zyscovich, Dean Brian Schriner, and CARTA Director of Development Lisa Merritt

"GMCG Aug 2014 Breakfast"

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CARTA Thanks Rick and Margarita Tonkinson’s Generosity in Naming the WPAC Theatre Lobby

CARTA is grateful for the generosity of Rick and Margarita Tonkinson for naming the Theatre Lobby of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.  Rick and Margarita have worked together to build Tonkinson Financial and support several organizations.

The grand opening of the Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Theatre Lobby will be at the WPAC on September 26 at 7pm, before the Department of Theatre’s premiere of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.

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Alumni Spotlight: Susan Harris Welker ’84, Architecture

Susan Harris Welker has been a principal and project architect on federal, institutional, and commercial projects for over fifteen years. She graduated with honors from FIU in 1984 with a B.S. in architectural technology and went on to receive a master of architecture degree from the University of Houston in 1999, where she graduated salutatorian.

Citing architects Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava as inspiration, Welker realized she was called to her line of work during an undergraduate architecture course when her lettering exercises were commended for their “incredible beauty” by her professor. In 2004, Welker founded Harris Welker Architects (HWA), which provides architectural and interior design services to clients, both commercial and residential, who have environmentally focused goals. Located in Austin, Texas, HWA prides itself on service that is consistently on time and on budget. A focus on the sustainability, the environment and responsible design is a cornerstone of Welker’s practice, and she speaks regularly on topics such as universal design and green building. The company often renovates institutional and commercial spaces into places that are healthier and more environmentally responsive, and projects include renovations at various schools, feasibility studies at the Austin Convention Center, and the revitalization of a recruit dorm at the U.S. Air Force Base in San Antonio. Welker founded the AIA Austin Architecture in Schools program, which brings architecture to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes in Austin, and the AIA Austin Small Firms Roundtable, which encourages small firms to discuss education, networking, and practice issues.

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Visit the Music Collections at FIU!

Have you heard about the great music available at FIU? FIU has been the recipient of many generous gifts, not the least of which are notable music collections. These collections span various genres and feature songs and recordings not found anywhere else.

Buddy Korn Collection of Jazz and Other Recordings

Assembled between 1971 and 1985, the collection contains most of the artists and recordings considered to be standard to American Jazz, as well as various areas of specialization. The collection includes important recordings from the 1950s and 1960s such as John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, a large collection of “avant garde” jazz, such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, and recordings of vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie holliday, and Betty Carter. There are over 150 Duke Ellington LPs and samples of early R&B and be-bop. The collection also boasts over 400 assorted rock albums, 50 Afro-Cuban and Cuban Jazz, and assorted Blues and American Folk recordings.

 Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection

This collection is the most extensive collection of Cuban music in the U.S. with over 100,000 recordings spanning the history of popular Cuban and other Latin American music. The collection features 25,000 LPS, 14,500 78 rpms, 4,500 cassettes containing radio interviews with composers and musicians, 4,000 pieces of sheet music, 3,000 books, and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes and paper files.  Cassettes contain copies of hard to get 78’s gathered from all over the world, radio programs of special significance, interviews with composers, singers and musicians, etc. Among the collection’s rarest items are recordings made in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

 Julian Kreeger Collection

The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books, music folios, and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music. There are many early and rare Soviet-era vinyl recordings of distinguished pianists like a rare 1903 (78 rpm) recording by Camille Saint-Saens performing on the piano. Additionally, substantial portions of the LPs are “audiophile treasures;” that is, they are English, German, and Japanese pressings of the 1950s and 1960s that are prized by audiophile collectors and engineers for their stellar sound quality.

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Julian Kreeger Collection

 

Florida International University’s collection of classical music is more expansive today after accepting the diverse Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection, an archive of over 27,000 classical music recordings. The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music.

“Given the breadth and depth of the Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection and the lifetime it has taken to amass, it is highly unlikely that such a collection can be assembled again,” said Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Architecture + the Arts. “We, at CARTA, are honored to have such a rich and comprehensive collection of recorded classical piano music. Our students will benefit greatly from having access to this wide-ranging archive.”

CARTA will house the inclusive Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection in the Green Library at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade. With an appraised value in excess of $632,000 the collection features Soviet, British, German and Japanese pianists’ recordings, as well as orchestral, operatic, vocal, instrumental and chamber music works. Many of the LPs are “audiophile treasures.” That is, they are English, German, and Japanese pressings of the 1950s and 1960s that are prized by audiophile collectors and engineers for their stellar sound quality. Many of the LPs in the Kreeger Collection represent highest attainment of the audio engineering art. The collection also includes several prized 78s, many of which are known in only a handful of copies. For example, the Kreeger Collection includes one of only five recordings by Camille Saint-Saens made on 26 June 1904 in Paris. This disc, released on Gramophone & Typewriter Limited, is Saint-Saens’ solo piano rendition of his composition, “Improvised cadenza on Africa, Op. 89.”

“This collection represents a 50-year labor of love and passion,” said Julian Kreeger, president at Friends of Chamber Music of Miami. “I am happy to see our collection provide the university with limitless educational possibilities.”

Kreeger’s interest in music began as a young man in Manhattan where he would attend musical performances at Carnegie Hall and around the city. During his undergraduate days at Columbia University, he was the classical music director of the college’s radio station. He then became a classical music critic, radio host and program annotator and involved himself in a number of state and national boards of trustees in orchestras and concert series, including but not limited to the National Symphony, Miami Music Project, Friends of Chamber Music and the Miami Philharmonic. In 1979, he co-founded Audiofon Records which received acclaim from music critics, audiophiles and musicians. Among his many accomplishments within the music industry, Kreeger is also a concert presenter and record producer.

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Julian Kreeger

Sue Wartzok & Julian Kreeger

Sue Wartzok and Julian Kreeger

Dean Brian Schriner

Julian Kreeger and Dean Brian Schriner

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Thanks to Communication Arts Forum Sponsors!

 

The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) would like to express enormous thanks to our two sponsors, Pasha’s Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine and  Southern Wine and Spirits, for their contributions to the Communication Arts Forum held on Wednesday, April 17th at the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus. Their generous sponsorship made the reception possible!

Our sponsors play an important role in the education of FIU students.  Their commitment and participation helps enhance and enrich the experience of our students and helps make FIU a Worlds Ahead institution, promoting the growth of the FIU community.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for future CARTA events!  If you are interested, please contact Maria Claverie at 305.348.1805 or mgclaver@fiu.edu.

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CARTA Benefit for Student Scholarships at the W Hotel

On October 18th, 2012, the College of Architecture + The Arts held a cocktail reception at the W Hotel in South Beach, with proceeds going to student scholarships.  FIU students, alumni, friends of the college, faculty and staff were present in support of the college’s students.  The event was a success, raising over $134,000.

To view photos from the evening, please visit CARTA’s Flickr page here.

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Dean Brian Schriner of the College of Architecture + The Arts thanks guests for their generous contributions

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Diane Ashley, Frankie and Bill Hipp and Dean Brian Schriner

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School of Music Director Doctor Orlando Garcia, Darci Pappano, Landscape Architecture Department Chair Roberto Rovira, and Kathleen Wilson

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Gratitude For Our PAINT CITY Sponsors!

The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) would like to express enormous thanks to our two sponsors, The Fresh Market Miami Beach and Sazon Cuban Cuisine, for their contributions to the Alumni Art Exhibition: PAINT CITY, held Friday, April 5th at the CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road. Their generous sponsorship made the cocktail reception possible!

Our sponsors play an important role in the education of FIU students.  Their commitment and participation helps enhance and enrich the experience of our students and helps make FIU a Worlds Ahead institution, promoting the growth of the FIU community.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for future CARTA events!  If you are interested, please contact Maria Claverie at 305.348.1805 or mgclaver@fiu.edu.

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Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board Assembly

 

The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board met on February 22nd and was sponsored by the W South Beach Hotel.

The assembly focused on establishing a partnership between CARTA and Miami’s top arts and architecture professionals. The partnership aims to ensure the development of a nationally renowned higher education arts model that is as creative, innovative and inspiring as Miami itself.   The Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board is Chaired by Dean Emeritus Bill Hipp and overseen by the college’s Dean Brian Schriner.

Together with CARTA, the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board provides community outreach centered around South Florida’s arts, design and cultural transformation, resulting in unique leadership opportunities, and the implementation of the College’s 2013-14 strategic initiatives.

Board Members include:

Robert Behar Principal Behar + Font
Gustavo Berenblum Principal Berenblum + Busch Architects
Willy Bermello President + CEO Bermello, Ajami, And Partners, Inc
Leslie Bowe Director Corporate Relations, Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Diane Bozorgi Bozorgi Family Foundation | Credit Pacific Capital
Siavosh Bozorgi, MD Cardiologist, Surgeon Bozorgi Family Foundation | Credit Pacific Capital
David Castillo Owner/Director David Castillo Galleries
Brandon Cauff Managing Director Tristar Capital Real Estate Development
Paul Cejas Chairman + CEO PLC Investments
Robert Chisholm Chairman R.E. Chisholm Architects, Inc.
Stanley Cohen Chairman Miami Music Project Executive Board
Diane de Vries Ashley Director Banco do Brazil Americas
Martin Elortegui Former SVP Marketing Lionstone Development, LLC
Bernardo Fort-Brescia Principal Arquitectonica
Seth Gadinsky Gadinsky Real Estate, LLC
Irene Hegedus Principal Synergy Health Planners
Bill Hipp Dean Emeritus UM Frost School of Music
James Judd Artistic Director Miami Music Project
Kobi Karp Principal Kobi Karp Architeture + Interior Design
Fred Kaufman Composer Director Emeritus, FIU School of Music
Daniel Kreeger Exective Director Assoc. of Climate Change Officers
Julian Kreeger President Friends of Chamber Music
Howard Miller President Howard R. Miller Communications
Vigirnia Miller Owner/Director ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Gallery
James Piersol Principal McHarry and Associates, Inc.
Monica Rabassa VP Marketing Univision Radio
Nestor Rodriguez President Classical South Florida
Ronen Segev President 5th Avenue Pianos
Anabella Smith Principal Zyscovich Architects
Rick Tonkinson President Tonkinson Financial
Jesus Vazquez President Facchina Construction of Florida

 

 

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The Impact of Giving

Each gift to FIU, no matter the size, empowers our community to transform the future of South Florida and beyond. Your support enriches our students, faculty, staff, and community by providing the resources needed to realize our Worlds Ahead vision.

These stories reflect the heart of FIU: the people impacted and inspired daily by your generosity. University Advancement is honored to work with our donors to help students, faculty, staff, and alumni achieve their potential as agents of change.

Your generous gifts make an impact, helping us write the next chapter of FIU’s future. Your gifts inspire us to excel, dream, engage, and transform lives through the power of philanthropy.

Click here to view archived stories.

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Shape the Future of FIU

According to FIU President Rosenberg, the university “has emerged as a mature and critical resource for our community. This Worlds Ahead vision is fueled by the power of philanthropy and built on the foresight of our founders.”  For the full article click here.

The stories of people enriched by the generosity of our donors daily inspire us to make an impact through the power of philanthropy. CLICK HERE to meet the donors, students, faculty, and alumni who are the driving force of University Advancement.

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Giving: Impacted Lives

We attract bright minds. Front runners of generations. Giving to the College of Architecture + The Arts helps provide scholarships for even more bright minds – artists, musicians, architects, designers and communicators.

Your gift may be the difference in a student saying yes to FIU. Your gift improves our facility space, allowing us to keep the student to faculty ratio low. Your gift helps students and faculty research projects that contribute to new knowledge and innovation.

Every gift, whatever the size, makes a significant difference to the College of Architecture + The Arts.

Thank you for your support!

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Music Education Researchers Explore How Music Affects Learning and Society in Miami

By Cathy Benedict and Patrick Schmidt
Professors of music education, FIU School of Music

We are surrounded by music every day as it plays a significant role in our lives in many forms and settings. This understanding shapes the basic impetus of the music education research we are conducting with Miami teachers and children at the FIU School of Music. Our research is strengthened by the premise that music is a diverse practice, offering the opportunity to enrich the lives of whomever shows an interest and desire to participate.

Social change through music

El Sistema was founded by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu with the idea that social change could be achieved through musical excellence using an ensemble model of instruction. The program has been quite successful in Venezuela and in other countries (e.g., Scotland’s Big Noise). The Miami Music Project developed El Sistema Miami (ESMIA), which is now the second largest El Sistema-inspired program in the United States.

The FIU research collaboration with the Miami Music Project further demonstrates how music effectuates social change within communities.  Using the El Sistema framework, the duo provides free music education to Miami youth. ESMIA involves 300 Miami-Dade Public School students, ages 4-18  in two under served immigrant communities with distinct predominantly Hispanic and Haitian populations. The students take music lessons alongside FIU students for one to three hours weekly.

The project aims to discover the extent to which participation in El Sistema enhances the lives of children who may be at risk for various socioeconomic reasons. The children have embraced the process and each week we observe how they come to see themselves and their musical abilities differently and with higher esteem. Students grapple with technicalities along the way as musical challenges  become progressively more sophisticated.  We see confidence and self esteem bloom as students interact with, and support one another. For some, victory comes when technical issues are addressed and conquered, while for others it comes as they stand to sing alone with comfort and certainty.

This research is critical in guiding further implementation of these programs nationally and internationally, as well as further developing public policy of music education programs within public school settings.

Making sense of the world

Today’s challenge for music educators is to convey to society a larger picture of the role music already plays in our lives on a daily basis. If we recognize that music brings together cognitive, kinesthetic, aesthetic, cultural and social forms of thinking, we must also recognize that music and music education is experienced not only within school classrooms or concert halls, but also in homes, communities, places of worship and even work.

Most significantly, understanding music in different environments helps us to deduce how learning is fostered through musical experiences and how music helps us make sense of the world.  This has many implications for how we facilitate musical encounters in our schools.

“Musicing” in public schools

Music education is an integral part of many Miami Dade Public Schools curricula however, many elementary schools have eliminated requirements for music before second grade. Consequently, music instruction at elementary grade level often becomes the responsibility of general educators. Although the FIU College of Education students are mandated to take a course to prepare them to teach and integrate music in younger grades, we have little analysis on the impact of such instruction on teachers.

Another aspect and goal of our research is to have a better understanding of teacher perceptions, dispositions and continued practices in implementing musical engagements in the “regular” classroom. A better understanding of how to incorporate music in their teaching can have an impact on student learning and facilitate more diverse teaching practices that address different learning styles, different intelligences and enable the higher-level thinking that is fostered by artistic engagement.

What we hope to accomplish beyond the joy of making music (or “musicing”) with these diverse groups,  is self transformation as we engage with others.  Engaging in research helps to focus these issues.

Musicing

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Music Education Researchers Explore How Music Affects Learning and Society in Miami

By Cathy Benedict and Patrick Schmidt
Professors of music education, FIU School of Music

We are surrounded by music every day as it plays a significant role in our lives in many forms and settings. This understanding shapes the basic impetus of the music education research we are conducting with Miami teachers and children at the FIU School of Music. Our research is strengthened by the premise that music is a diverse practice, offering the opportunity to enrich the lives of whomever shows an interest and desire to participate.

Social change through music

El Sistema was founded by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu with the idea that social change could be achieved through musical excellence using an ensemble model of instruction. The program has been quite successful in Venezuela and in other countries (e.g., Scotland’s Big Noise). The Miami Music Project developed El Sistema Miami (ESMIA), which is now the second largest El Sistema-inspired program in the United States.

The FIU research collaboration with the Miami Music Project further demonstrates how music effectuates social change within communities.  Using the El Sistema framework, the duo provides free music education to Miami youth. ESMIA involves 300 Miami-Dade Public School students, ages 4-18  in two under served immigrant communities with distinct predominantly Hispanic and Haitian populations. The students take music lessons alongside FIU students for one to three hours weekly.

The project aims to discover the extent to which participation in El Sistema enhances the lives of children who may be at risk for various socioeconomic reasons. The children have embraced the process and each week we observe how they come to see themselves and their musical abilities differently and with higher esteem. Students grapple with technicalities along the way as musical challenges  become progressively more sophisticated.  We see confidence and self esteem bloom as students interact with, and support one another. For some, victory comes when technical issues are addressed and conquered, while for others it comes as they stand to sing alone with comfort and certainty.

This research is critical in guiding further implementation of these programs nationally and internationally, as well as further developing public policy of music education programs within public school settings.

Making sense of the world

Today’s challenge for music educators is to convey to society a larger picture of the role music already plays in our lives on a daily basis. If we recognize that music brings together cognitive, kinesthetic, aesthetic, cultural and social forms of thinking, we must also recognize that music and music education is experienced not only within school classrooms or concert halls, but also in homes, communities, places of worship and even work.

Most significantly, understanding music in different environments helps us to deduce how learning is fostered through musical experiences and how music helps us make sense of the world.  This has many implications for how we facilitate musical encounters in our schools.

“Musicing” in public schools

Music education is an integral part of many Miami Dade Public Schools curricula however, many elementary schools have eliminated requirements for music before second grade. Consequently, music instruction at elementary grade level often becomes the responsibility of general educators. Although the FIU College of Education students are mandated to take a course to prepare them to teach and integrate music in younger grades, we have little analysis on the impact of such instruction on teachers.

Another aspect and goal of our research is to have a better understanding of teacher perceptions, dispositions and continued practices in implementing musical engagements in the “regular” classroom. A better understanding of how to incorporate music in their teaching can have an impact on student learning and facilitate more diverse teaching practices that address different learning styles, different intelligences and enable the higher-level thinking that is fostered by artistic engagement.

What we hope to accomplish beyond the joy of making music (or “musicing”) with these diverse groups,  is self transformation as we engage with others.  Engaging in research helps to focus these issues.

Musicing

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Music Education Researchers Explore How Music Affects Learning and Society in Miami

By Cathy Benedict and Patrick Schmidt
Professors of music education, FIU School of Music

We are surrounded by music every day as it plays a significant role in our lives in many forms and settings. This understanding shapes the basic impetus of the music education research we are conducting with Miami teachers and children at the FIU School of Music. Our research is strengthened by the premise that music is a diverse practice, offering the opportunity to enrich the lives of whomever shows an interest and desire to participate.

Social change through music

El Sistema was founded by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu with the idea that social change could be achieved through musical excellence using an ensemble model of instruction. The program has been quite successful in Venezuela and in other countries (e.g., Scotland’s Big Noise). The Miami Music Project developed El Sistema Miami (ESMIA), which is now the second largest El Sistema-inspired program in the United States.

The FIU research collaboration with the Miami Music Project further demonstrates how music effectuates social change within communities.  Using the El Sistema framework, the duo provides free music education to Miami youth. ESMIA involves 300 Miami-Dade Public School students, ages 4-18  in two under served immigrant communities with distinct predominantly Hispanic and Haitian populations. The students take music lessons alongside FIU students for one to three hours weekly.

The project aims to discover the extent to which participation in El Sistema enhances the lives of children who may be at risk for various socioeconomic reasons. The children have embraced the process and each week we observe how they come to see themselves and their musical abilities differently and with higher esteem. Students grapple with technicalities along the way as musical challenges  become progressively more sophisticated.  We see confidence and self esteem bloom as students interact with, and support one another. For some, victory comes when technical issues are addressed and conquered, while for others it comes as they stand to sing alone with comfort and certainty.

This research is critical in guiding further implementation of these programs nationally and internationally, as well as further developing public policy of music education programs within public school settings.

Making sense of the world

Today’s challenge for music educators is to convey to society a larger picture of the role music already plays in our lives on a daily basis. If we recognize that music brings together cognitive, kinesthetic, aesthetic, cultural and social forms of thinking, we must also recognize that music and music education is experienced not only within school classrooms or concert halls, but also in homes, communities, places of worship and even work.

Most significantly, understanding music in different environments helps us to deduce how learning is fostered through musical experiences and how music helps us make sense of the world.  This has many implications for how we facilitate musical encounters in our schools.

“Musicing” in public schools

Music education is an integral part of many Miami Dade Public Schools curricula however, many elementary schools have eliminated requirements for music before second grade. Consequently, music instruction at elementary grade level often becomes the responsibility of general educators. Although the FIU College of Education students are mandated to take a course to prepare them to teach and integrate music in younger grades, we have little analysis on the impact of such instruction on teachers.

Another aspect and goal of our research is to have a better understanding of teacher perceptions, dispositions and continued practices in implementing musical engagements in the “regular” classroom. A better understanding of how to incorporate music in their teaching can have an impact on student learning and facilitate more diverse teaching practices that address different learning styles, different intelligences and enable the higher-level thinking that is fostered by artistic engagement.

What we hope to accomplish beyond the joy of making music (or “musicing”) with these diverse groups,  is self transformation as we engage with others.  Engaging in research helps to focus these issues.

Musicing

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Imagine a College that is as creative, innovative, and inspiring as Miami itself.   Transforming South Floridians’ view on the power of the arts, design and communication and their impact on societal issues.   A College that dares to think, act, and educate differently.  Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts is just such a place!

Every gift, whatever the size, makes a significant difference to the College of Architecture + The Arts.

Thank you for your support!

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