The 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference with Special Focus on Research in Music Education and Music Teacher Education was held in St. Louis on March 28-31. IU Jacobs School of Music Alumni Association and music education faculty hosted a reception at the event, and alumni are shown proudly displaying their gift t-shirts: John Seybert, Peter Miksza, C. Victor Fung, Rob Vagi, Kevin Watson, Carla Aguilar, Julia Shaw, Maud Hickey, Cyndy Nasman, & Patrice Madura.
IU Music Education Faculty members Patrice Madura, Peter Miksza, and Katherine Strand all were active presenters at the national conference. Dr. Madura presented research titled, “The Effect of a Vocal Jazz Workshop on Choral Music Education Majors’ Confidence and Achievement in Improvisation Tasks;” Dr. Miksza presented studies titled, “Third-Year Cohort Results of a Pre-Collegiate Music Teacher Recruitment Program” and “Mentoring Preservice Teachers from a ‘Teacher Concerns’ Perspective”. Katherine Strand, chair of the Social Sciences and Creativity Special Research Interest Groups, presided over these research sessions.