University of Kansas music faculty and students to present research papers at national music education conference

LAWRENCE - A handful of University of Kansas music education faculty and students were accepted to present research papers at the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference March 29-31, 2012, in St. Louis.

This national conference provides a forum for music educators to share current research and pedagogical findings, and has a special focus on research in music education and music teacher education.

The KU faculty and graduate students in the music education and music therapy division at KU who were accepted to present research posters are listed below, along with their research titles:

• Martin Bergee, professor: "Applying Rasch Modeling to Develop a Rhythm-Reading Measure."

• James F. Daugherty, professor, and KU graduate students Jeremy N. Manternach and Melissa C. Brunkan: "Choir Performances on Two Riser Units in Three Spacing Conditions."

• Debra Hedden, associate professor: "Observations of a Young Child's Music Development."

• Jacob Dakon, assistant professor: "The Effects of Modality-Specific Strategies on the Memorization of Beginning-Level String Students: An Exploratory Study."

• Christopher M. Johnson, professor: "Behavioral Characteristics and Instructional Patterns of Expert Teaching, and the Transfer of Those Behaviors into a Musical Setting: Two Case Studies."

• Heather Nelson, graduate student: "Acoustical and Perceptual Characteristics of University Practice Rooms." Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate in music education, received her bachelor's degree from Southwest Baptist University and a master's in vocal performance from Truman State and master's in vocal pedagogy from Missouri State. She is from Springfield, Mo.

• Karen Stafford, graduate student: "Cross-Curricular Applications in Music: Attitudes and Practices." Stafford, a Ph.D. candidate in music education, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Missouri. She is from Union, Mo.

• Ashley Allen, graduate student: "Causes and Effects of Eustress and Distress Among Three Public School Music Educators." Allen, a Ph.D. candidate in music education, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She is from Edmond, Okla.

• Melissa Brunkan, graduate student: "Bob and the Bob-o-links: Singing to Brand a Congressional Candidate." Brunkan, a Ph.D. student in choral/vocal pedagogy, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and master's from Northwestern University. She is from Hartland, Wis

• Jeremy Manternach, graduate student: "Leon Thurman and the VoiceCare Network: From Origins to Incorporation." Manternach, a Ph.D. candidate in choral music education, received his master's degree from KU and his undergraduate degree from Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict . He is from Lawrence.

• Melissa Grady, graduate student: "Effects of Two Conducting Gestures on Choral Sound." Grady, a Ph.D. candidate in choral pedagogy, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Wichita State University. She is from Derby.

• Sheri Cook-Cunningham, graduate student: "Adolescent's Voice Use During a School-based Choral Music Camp." Cook-Cunningham, a Ph.D. candidate in choral pedagogy, holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas (a bachelor of music and master of music), and received her teaching license from Avila University in choral music education. She is from Leawood.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436.