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Department of Music Education Carrigan Lecture: Eric Shieh

"In Search of Strange Communities in Music Education"

Eric Shieh Eric Shieh
This year's Carrigan Lecture will take place during the Big Ten Academic Alliance Conference for Music Education. The theme of the conference is "Tradition and Innovation in Dialog." Eric Shieh will probe our conception of music education as a singular kind of tradition, and will describe innovative music education communities where several musical or pedagogical traditions are sharing space, often with little precedent. 

Eric Shieh is a founding teacher and curriculum leader at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, “A School for a Sustainable City,” in New York City. As part of his work there, Eric co-led a national two-day site seminar in 2018 for eighty educators and administrators from across the country on the school’s innovative curricular designs. He is also a former policy strategist for the New York City Department of Education and has founded and led music programs in prisons across the U.S.

In addition to his work with schools, Shieh writes and presents regularly on issues related to education policy, social justice, and music curriculum. His recent research can be found in Arts Education Policy Review, Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. His essays and editorials can be found in The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post. Shieh holds degrees in music education, multicultural theory, and curriculum policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a national associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project.
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  • Free - no tickets required

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Map Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) - Amphitheatre (4th floor)

October 2018


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