Congratulations to music education faculty member Darrin Thornton for his election to the Steering Committee of the the MayDay Group. The MayDay Group is an international think-tank of music educators which aims to identify, critique, and change taken-for-granted patterns of professional activity, polemical approaches to method and philosophy, and educational politics and public pressures that threaten effective practice and critical communication in music education. The organization's two-fold purpose is to apply critical theory and critical thinking to the purposes and practices of music education, and to affirm the central importance of musical participation in human life and, thus, the value of music in the general education of all people.
The MayDay Group holds annual colloquia aimed at furthering critical thought in the music education profession. Members include musicians and music educators, as well as social and cultural theorists, from over 25 countries.