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SFA music education professor to deliver lecture

October 25, 2011 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Mark E. Turner, associate professor of elementary music education for Stephen F. Austin State University, will deliver a lecture, "Artistic and Intellectual Character: What it is, why it matters, and how to get it," from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Music Recital Hall (Room 160) of the Wright Music Building.

The lecture will present ideas from Project Zero, a research group from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that has been investigating the development of learning processes in children, adults and organizations since 1967.

The researchers have found that people do not always employ the skills, strategies or ways of thinking they have learned, Turner explained. "My topic will focus on developing students' dispositions to do so," Turner continued.

As part of the lecture, Scott Harris, SFA associate professor of percussion, will join Turner for an oral presentation of a fable. As Turner reads, Harris will improvise on percussion instruments.

The talk is the third of the monthly Robert G. Sidnell Lecture Series in Music Education established by Turner and named for a former dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

Admission is free. The Wright Music Building is located at 2210 Alumni Dr. For more information, please call Turner at (936) 468-4051.