Music professor speaks at British university
William R. Lee, Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator for the UTC Music Department, recently accepted an invitation to speak to students across the pond at the University of Reading in Great Britain.
Lee’s professional colleague Dr. Gordon Cox, senior lecturer in music education at the University of Reading, Institute of Education and author of several books, asked Lee to address the faculty, undergraduates, and graduates on the structure and content of American music education in historical context.
“I spoke with students there who came from South Africa, New Zealand and Canada,” Lee said. “It was a great experience. The students were interested, and like our UTC students, very intelligent.”
While students in the summer program studied the pedagogy of music, Lee explained that many are professional musicians who also teach from private studios. The University of Reading has taken on a variety of roles to better serve these professionals, Lee said.
“Equal access to education is a currently a big debate in Great Britain,” Lee said.
During his month-long stay in Great Britain, Lee was also asked to review the graduate program at the University of Reading, where he spoke with individual professors. He enjoyed musical performances during his stay, including a university band performance in Durham, England.
In 2003, Lee took the UTC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble to perform in France, and the group made University history by becoming the first instrumental group to perform in Europe since 1970. In 2004, the ensemble performed in Germany. Lee started the ensemble in 1984.
Lee was also invited to speak at the Salt Lake City Conference of the National Association of Music Educators in April. There, he spoke on the growth of music education in American schools from 1907 to 1933.
Lee serves on several editorial boards and has been on the board of the Journal of Research in Music Education, the leading research journal in the field.
July 28, 2006