RIC to host town hall meeting on music education Jan. 8

Rhode Island College will host the second in an ongoing series of town hall meetings on music education on Friday, Jan. 8, from 4-6 p.m. in Alger Hall, room 110.

The topic of improving the quality of teaching music will be discussed by a panel featuring Richard Colwell, founding editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning; Frank L. Battisti, conductor emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, author, former public school music educator; Thomas M. Brady, superintendent of Providence Schools; and Paulajo Gaines, director of the Office of Educator Quality and Certification for the Rhode Island Department of Education.

The panel will discuss recruitment, pre-service college experiences, in-service professional development, teacher evaluation and school leadership.

For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/improving-music-teacher-quality. Viewers will also be able to send questions and comments via a live chat to the panelists during the event.

Two hours of professional development credit are available for those who attend the event or participate in the online broadcast.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association.

The event is co-sponsored by the RIC Committee on College Lectures, RIMEA, and the College Band Directors National Association.

For complete details, go to www.ric.edu/musicteacherquality.