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Hugh Hodgson School of Music: News

September 30, 2009

Image removed.McCay Resident: Robert Duke

October 12 - 15, 2009

    Renowned scholar and researcher Robert Duke will be in residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music from October 12th-15th, 2009. Dr. Duke will be presenting a variety of engaging talks and lectures covering a range of topics related to both music teaching and learning, and general principles of teaching and learning. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. This residency is made possible by the Charles McCay Fund.
    Highlights of Dr. Duke’s visit include talks on the observation of teaching and learning entitled Watching Students Learn (or Not) and What the Heck Are You Looking At? An afternoon lecture will center on the topic of Dr. Duke’s latest book, Intelligent Music Teaching.  A session titled The Practice of Practice will investigate how musicians can practice more effectively, and My Brain’s Busy Even Though I’m Not will examine the cognitive neuroscience of skill learning.
    At 8 PM on Monday October 12th, Dr. Duke will present an evening lecture entitled Why Our Students Don’t Learn What We Think We Teach. This talk will explore how the brain is re-organized during learning activities, and why formal education often fails to make substantive and lasting changes in how we think and behave. Dr. Duke will present ideas for designing learning experiences that will achieve changes in cognition, affect, and behavior, all of which are components of expertise in every discipline.
    Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning and Director of the Center for Music Learning at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the founder of the National Forum on Research in Motor Learning and Music. A former studio musician and public-school music teacher, Dr. Duke is widely published in professional journals and a frequent presenter on human learning throughout North America.
    Any student or teacher of music will benefit from Dr. Duke’s entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking sessions. For a complete schedule of events, please visit For more information, please e-mail

Image removed.Kenneth Fischer, Professor of Saxophone in the Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia, has been invited to appear as a special guest artist at the Eugene Rousseau Ninth Annual International Saxophone Master Class held at the University of Minnesota, October 22-24, 2009.  Dr. Fischer will be presenting a special recital performance of the SERENADE for Alto Saxophone and Piano by the French composer Roger Boutry.  Boutry will be in attendance at this international event.




Image removed.The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Lynch, released a professional cd recording on the Naxos label on June 30 entitled:  "Millennium Canons: Looking Forward, Looking Back." The recording features both standard and new wind band repertoire, including "Lost Gulch Lookout" by Kristin Kuster commissioned by UGA. To hear an interview with John Lynch, visit the Naxos website. The recording is available on iTunes and



Image removed.University of Georgia professor of double bass Milton Masciadri discusses this fascinating instrument, its history and his performances with it around the world. Masciadri is joined by Betty Jean Craige, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and professor of comparative literature at the University of Georgia, and honors student Daniel Jordan in this lively discussion of the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra.

Click here to watch or listen to the interview, provided by the Research Channel.

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