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
School of Music Graduate Earns Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Award
Kennesaw, GA (July 7, 2015)–– Katelyn King is already a world traveler, but her recent selection as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright award will send the Kennesaw State graduate packing for a yearlong study abroad to earn her second master’s degree this fall.
King is among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
In addition to Katelyn, another Kennesaw State graduate, Alyssa Varhol, has been selected to receive the award to study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year. “It’s gratifying to have multiple student Fulbright scholars for the first time in the history of Kennesaw State University,” said Michelle Miles, the honors scholarship advisor in the Honors College.“A single Fulbright recipient is in itself a distinct honor, but for KSU to have two alumnae join next year’s elite scholarship cohort speaks volumes, not only to the students’ respective characters and achievements, but to the dedication of faculty members who have nurtured them along their academic journeys.“
Recipients of the Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
King, 23, of Kennesaw, will travel to Bern, Switzerland to study composition and theory in theatrical music at Hochschule derKünste.
“I hope to become a stage director, someone who can put musical events together on stage to create really unique concert experiences, and be able to insert other art forms into a musical production,” said King, who earned her first master’s degree in music performance from McGill University in Montreal in May.
Since graduating from Kennesaw State in music performance (percussion) in 2013, King has created a repertoire duo that blends poetry with percussion and projection, or stage performance.
“This type of performance really means anything as long as there is a considerable amount of speaking involved, in any language, while musical things happen,” she said. “Right now, we are working with a San Diego-based composer who finished writing us a new piece based on Russian futurist poetry.”
King also created a theatrical trio, Dressage Percussion, which performs historical works in an effort to encourage composers to keep writing within this style. The trio has a mini tour scheduled in China later this summer.
“The Fulbright gives me enormous confidence to experiment and explore the different avenues that will be available to me once I am in Switzerland,” King said.
“KSU has laid all the groundwork for my musicianship, performance abilities and dream brainstorming,” King said. “The faculty has always pushed me to do better. They have always supported my dreams, and I’ve always felt able to achieve anything because of my time at KSU.”
"The Fulbright is one of the most prestigious of international scholarships,” Miles added. “Alyssa and Katelyn are stellar examples of the quality of our students and their considerable potential, particularly when their gifts are met with excellent academic support. We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued accomplishments.”