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Symposium Founder and Chair

Dr. Marvelene Moore

Dr. Marvelene Moore

Symposium Co-Chairs

Dr. David Royse

Dr. David Royse

Gene Peterson

Dr. Gene Peterson
Choral Track

Professor Mark Boling

Mr. Mark Boling
Jazz Track

Dr. Mary Palmer

Dr. Mary Palmer
Arts Integration Track

Rosita Sands

Dr. Rosita Sands
Ethnic Track

Dr. Sheila Woodward

Dr. Sheila Woodward
Research Track

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Multicultural Music Symposium

Sponsored By:
The University of Tennessee School of Music
College of Arts and Sciences
NAfME: The National Association for Music Education
Ready for the World

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  • Performances & Sessions
  • Jazz, Choral, Research, and Arts Integration Tracks
  • A Visit to the Museum of Appalachia
  • Folk Dancing and Storytelling
    (NOTE: Professional Development Credit Available)

The School of Music at the University of Tennessee will host the ninth biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music, October 8-13, 2012 on the University of Tennessee Campus; the UT Conference Center, Knoxville; and the Museum of Appalachia, Norris, Tennessee.

The Symposium will consist of performance, workshop, and research sessions on music from a variety of cultures.  Music cultures that will be featured are African, African American, Appalachian, Caribbean, Greek, Irish, Latin American, Native American, Polynesian, Scottish, Thai, Turkish and others. Folk Dancing and Storytelling will also be a part of the conference. The Symposium will also feature presentations by students from Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee. In addition, Tracks in Jazz, and Choral Music, Research and Arts Integration will be a part of the Symposium. The conference will bring together international and national leaders who are specialists in multicultural music and music of the Tracks offered.

Dr. Marvelene Moore, founder of the Symposium, has studied internationally and views the Symposium as a vehicle for preparing prospective and current music educators to meet the challenges of teaching in culturally diverse settings in the 21st Century.  She states: "It is possible that music of all the arts, is more conducive to understanding culture."