Professor to speak about music, teaching, learning

Teaching and learning expert, radio commentator and University of Texas-Austin music professor Bob Duke will have two public speaking engagements on the Western Carolina University campus during a two-day residency.

Duke appears on the weekly public radio program and podcast “Two Guys on Your Head” that looks life, learning and aspects of human behavior. He is the founder and director of the University of Texas-Austin Center for Music Learning and also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, his academic research spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning and neuroscience. His most recent work explores memory and cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation.

Bob Duke

Bob Duke

His talks are free and open to the public, and of particular interest to teachers:

* Thursday, Oct. 8, “If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Teach Like This?” at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

* Friday, Oct. 9, “Beautiful,” about not losing the emotional connection to music during music instruction, at 1:25 p.m. in Coulter Building recital hall.

In addition to the two talks, he will meet with WCU faculty in a brown bag lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, and work with music students and instructors throughout his WCU residency.

Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. He lectures frequently on the topics of human learning, systematic observation and evaluation, and behavior management, presenting workshops and teaching demonstrations throughout North America. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavioral analysis software. His recent books are “Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction” and “The Habits of Musicianship: A Radical Approach to Beginning Band.”

His two-day residency is sponsored by WCU’s Visiting Scholar Program, College of Education and Allied Professions, College of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Music, Coulter Faculty Commons and university music fraternities. For more information, call WCU’s School of Music at 828-227-7242.