Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium 2007
September 27-29, 2007
Sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Music in cooperation with The Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group of the Music Educators National Conference 

The Music and Lifelong Learning Symposium II was held September 27-29, 2007, on the Ithaca College campus. The MLL Symposium brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, community music leaders, and amateur and professional musicians to share research and ideas about the role and importance of music across the lifespan. The Symposium seeks to promote and disseminate research that investigates experiences affecting musical acquisition, development, and participation across the lifespan, particularly into the adult years. The three-day event includes research presentations, teacher/practitioner interactive sessions, and performance. The Symposium is sponsored by the Whalen School of Music at Ithaca College in cooperation with the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (ACME SRIG) of the Music Educators National Conference.

Keynote Speaker
Judith A. Jellison is the Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. In the School of Music she serves as Head of the Division of Music and Human Learning and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and performance, observation and evaluation, and music in special education and therapy. She has a sustained record of scholarly publications in premier research journals and books and regularly presents her work at national and international clinics and conferences. She has served on the editorial boards of major journals in music education and music therapy and is the recipient of both the Senior Researcher Award from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the Publications Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Her experiences as a K-12 choral and instrumental music teacher in schools with widely diverse populations and as a music therapist in hospital settings have greatly influenced her philosophy. Throughout her career she has advocated for meaningful music experiences that will improve the quality of children’s lives now and in their future lives as adults

Symposium Director
Dr. Susan J. Avery, Associate Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College, was the former director of vocal ensembles and department chair of Waterloo High School for 24 years. Dr. Avery conducts elementary, junior high and senior high honors, All-County and Area All-State Choruses throughout New York State; judges solo vocal and All-State Vocal Jazz as well as choral major organizations for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA); and gives clinics and workshops on the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. Susan is currently the Eastern Division Chair for the Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC) Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (SRIG). Susan provided choral experiences to adults in the New Horizons Band camp at Interlochen in summer of 2006 and will be presenting a session on Working with Adult Musicians at MENC’s All-Eastern Conference in 2007.

Sessions and Presenters