The College of Arts and Architecture

Suzanne Burton, Visiting Scholar in Music Education, April 22-23

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:00am

Free Admission

University of Delaware faculty member Dr. Suzanne Burton visits the University Park campus as part of the Visiting Scholars in Music Education series. She will present three sessions regarding musical development and acquisition. All events are open to the public.

Tuesday, April 22, 1:00 p.m., 102 Music Building I: Music Learning Theorypenn state research logo

Music learning theory provides a basis from which to understand how people best learn music. Yet, as with all learning theories, it should be viewed critically, not as a static entity. In this session, she will share what she has learned about music learning theory and its application through her longitudinal research with children. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m., 102 Music Building I: Graduate Colloquium

Viewing the world through the multifarious lens of intellectual curiosity leads to discovering and uncovering important questions in our discipline. This colloquium will focus on the influence of intellectual curiosity on our various trajectories of inquiry and the ways it shapes research.

    Wednesday, April 23, 1:25 p.m., 117 Music Building I: Care and Nurture of Young Voices

    How do young children learn music best? Through musical play! Experience the power of play and its effect on music development.


Suzanne L. Burton is professor of music education, director of graduate studies, and coordinator of music education at the University of Delaware. She Suzanne Burton headshotspecializes in music teacher preparation in authentic contexts, early childhood and K-12 general music, and is on the certification faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Her research interests are music acquisition and the development of music literacy, school-university partnerships, international partnerships, and effective professional development. 

Burton is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Visions of Research in Music Education, is widely published in professional journals, and has contributed book chapters to Applications of Music Learning Theory, Collaborative Action for Change: Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the international compilation, Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education. She is lead editor and contributor to Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music, and editor and contributor for the book Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Middle School General Music

Dr. Burton is a recipient of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Jessie Ball DuPont Educator Award, and is the immediate past chair of the NAfME Collegiate Council and the NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group. She is chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the College Music Society. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Burton also advises the University of Delaware Community Music School Early Childhood Music for Young Minds program and teaches K-8 general music in a local school.

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