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Annual Nashville Music Educators Forum

Saturday February 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Choral Hall

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University for our third annual Music Educators Forum. Last year's forum was filled to capacity with our guest clinician, Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow. We are most pleased to once again offer this opportunity to renew and reinvigorate with this years Forum guest, Dr. Clifford K. Madsen. Dr. Madsen is a pioneer of music education research, specifically behavior modification and psychology of music. We hope you will join us on the 2nd of February for some fellowship, guidance, coffee and donuts! The forum will take place in the Choral Rehearsal Hall at Blair, and will be presented in two sessions: the first beginning at 9 a.m. with a break at 10:30, the second session beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. 

The Music Educators Forum is free and open to the public, due to the generous support of Vanderbilt University and the Blair School of Music. 

Our Guest Clinician: Dr. Clifford K. Madsen


CLIFFORD MADSEN, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music, is Coordinator of Music Education/Music Therapy/Contemporary Media and teaches in the areas of music education, music therapy, research, and psychology of music. He serves on various international and national editorial and research boards and is widely published throughout scholarly journals in music education and therapy.

In addition, he has authored and co-authored many books and is perhaps best known for Teaching/Discipline: A Positive Approach for Educational Development, Experimental Research in Music, Competency Based Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Behavior, and Vision 2020: The Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education.

Dr. Madsen received the bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and the Ph.D. from The Florida State University. He was appointed to the FSU faculty in 1961.

Session Presentations

Teacher Sessions:

“The Future of Music Education: Academic or Social.

9:00am - 10:30am,
and 11:00am - 12:30pm

Dr. Madsen will present this topic in two parts, and touch on the various aspects of his research and career our community best associate with him. 


Collegiate Student Session (also open to beginning teachers in years 1-3):

“Discipline in the Music Classroom”

Students and teachers in their first three years of teaching are welcomed to attend.