Academic journal article Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)

Notes Form the Editor

Academic journal article Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)

Notes Form the Editor

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Welcome to the fourth issue of Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME), an on-line peer-reviewed journal devoted to thorough research and commentary that advances the practice and pedagogy of music teaching. Our international editorial board, comprised of noted scholar-practitioners is dedicated to these purposes, and has worked diligently to bring this forum to fruition. Members of the editorial board and I, look forward to your insights, comments, and article submissions.

Notes from the Editor, Bruce Gleason

When I was teaching an undergraduate music education course at the University of Iowa as a doctoral student, I opened each Tuesday's class by asking students about their respective days since our last meeting. The few minutes of talking about performances, recitals, applied lessons, other courses, registration concerns, etc. became a ritual, and if I skipped it, I heard about it immediately. The students felt as I did that these precious five minutes of talking in an informed environment about real life amidst academics with colleagues who faced similar issues was a highpoint of the week.

As I write this introduction to the fourth issue of RIME, I have completed teaching my fifteenth class of graduate students in the Foundations of Music Education course at the University of St. Thomas. I like to think that my approach to teaching the course is getting more interesting, but in reality I probably reached my peak in "rivetingness" some time ago, and have settled on the idea that the flame of the course resides in the dynamics brought on by the combination of individual students who teach all facets of music throughout North America and several foreign countries.

Learning from my Iowa experiences, I now remind students on the first day of each term that by far, the most interesting aspect of this course will be the contributions that they make through their past and present experiences. Performances, recitals, applied lessons, other courses, registration concerns, etc., are still part of the picture, but now viewing these areas from the teaching side, conversations take on added dimensions. As well, concerns with administration, extra-curricular activities, touring and trips, auditions, parents, etc. …

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