School of Music News
FEATURED STORY: Following Your Bliss as a Researcher
Harry E. Price is the recipient of the 2018 NAfME Senior Researcher award.
FOR HARRY E. PRICE, the idea of pursuing a career in music wasn’t exactly in his family’s plans. “My family has always been in business,” says Price, who began playing trombone in seventh grade, and decided around 10th grade that his path lay in music. “I sat my parents down and said, ‘I know it’s not for you, but I’m interested in music and teaching.’ And my father said, ‘You choose what you love, because money isn’t the answer. You’ve got to pick something you care about.’”
The shift from perform-ing to music education happened thanks to a job Price took while putting himself through school. “I got a job assisting Michael Wagner, who was in charge of technology at the time. I also helped a couple of doctoral students who were doing dissertations, one of whom was Cornelia Yarbrough. Interestingly. I ended up studying with her in Syracuse.” Price, who is the former Academic Editor of NAfME’s Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), and current professor of music and music education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music education, both from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and a doctorate in teacher preparation from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
Price has been doing research for more than 35 years. He describes his passion this way: “It’s just stuff I’m interested in, stuff I wonder about. I go, ‘I wonder if...’ It’s just curiosity.” He has been working with colleague Steve Morrison on the effect of conducting regarding the perception of sound. “We did a study where we had different conductors conducting music, but we had the same performance. And we found that the effect of the conductor on people’s perception of the music was quite high. They rate the experience of the music on how expressive the conductor is.” Price also says that if people see a fancy conductor as opposed to a more placid one, the viewer’s perception is affected. “Plenty of conductors will say it doesn’t matter. I tend to believe research, and if I find research that is different from what I think, I change my thought because I believe in data.”
Price remarks that, “Joseph Campbell used to say, ‘Follow your bliss.’ And that’s what people should do. Find something you are excited about. Your dissertation is who you are going to be for at least five years, so people need to find something that excites them.”
As a tip for researchers, Price recom-mends, “Don’t start with the answer, like, ‘I’m going to do research and prove that I’m right. You’ve got to be open to any possibility. There is a difference between a belief and a fact. Be open to all ideas and all information, not just the information that supports what you think the answer should be, because that’s death in research.”
By Lisa Ferber
D’Addario Foundation Continues Support of KSU String Project With $4,250 Grant
Kennesaw, GA (August 6, 2016)–– The National String Project Consortium has received a $4,250 grant award from the The D'Addario Foundation that will go towards supporting the Kennesaw State University String Project. This most recent grant award continue’s the D’Addario Foundation’s support of the KSU String Project who previously awarded the KSU program a $10,000 grant in 2015.
The KSU String Project also recently announced that Mr. Christopher Thibdeau, KSU School of Music Interim Assistant Professor of Music Education, will take over the KSU String Project as director for the 2016-17 school year.
For more information about the KSU String Project, visit http://www.kennesawstringproject.org
About the KSU String Project
The Kennesaw State University String Project began in the Fall of 2012. The program, a member of the National String Project Consortium, is sponsored by the KSU School of Music and provides an opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students to receive instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. In addition, the String Project provides KSU’s undergraduate music education students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on teaching experience under the supervision of a master teacher and their university professor.
The KSU String Project currently serves two host sites: Pitner Elementary School in Acworth, Georgia and the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, a Marietta City Schools magnet school for grades 3-5. The KSU String Project now serves nearly 110 students and with 14 KSU String Education majors gaining experience as teachers and teacher assistants.
About the National String Project Consortium
The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals.
The NSPC supports the creation and growth of String Projects at universities across the country. These String Projects provide practical hands-on training for undergraduate string education majors during their college years, and give children the opportunity to study a stringed instrument.
The Consortium was originally formed in 1998 under the auspices of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). It is now an independent non-profit organization working together with ASTA and other music organizations to serve string education and string development across the United States.