Jan. 7, 2004

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Contact: Barbara Watkins, Continuing Education, (785) 864-7881.

KU offers distance learning course in graduate music education

LAWRENCE -- During spring 2004, the University of Kansas music education and music therapy program will offer the distance learning course Current Trends in Music Education (MEMT 816) for the first time.

This graduate-level course is for practicing professionals and graduate music education students. The course will explore trends specific to the profession and others in the larger education arena that affect school music programs.

Topics will include program management, curriculum, classroom management and discipline, federal mandates, national and state standards, pedagogy and other issues reflecting the needs of course participants.

Debra Hedden, associate professor of music education and music therapy at KU, is the instructor. Hedden has 20 years of public school teaching experience and 10 years as a faculty member and chair of music education at the University of Northern Iowa.

KU will offer this course on campus -- and off campus at Leavenworth Middle School, Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, and Udall High School near Wichita. Because these sites operate on the Kansas Distance Learning Consortium using multi-point video conferencing equipment over high-speed Internet connections, participants interact with their colleagues at other sites and the instructor throughout each session.

Students not enrolled in a degree program at KU should contact Continuing Education for admissions and enrollment information: Phone toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823; e-mail enroll@ku.edu; or visit www.kuce.org/isc/courses/distance/semester.html#.

KU degree-seeking students should consult with their adviser and then enroll through the regular enrollment process.


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