February 09, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Feierabend will give the talk, "First Steps in Music: Developing Tuneful, Beatful and Artful Children," Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of Bucknell's Series in Children's Studies.

Professor and director of music education at the University of Hartford, Feierabend also serves as the director of the National Center for Music and Movement in the Early Years. He is the author of more than 60 books, articles and tapes, including First Steps in Music, a curriculum for infants through early elementary school-age children.

He is working on Lomax: The Hound of Music, a public television series for children that will be based on his First Steps in Music curriculum.

Considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood, he was the first American recipient of the international LEGO prize, an award given annually to someone who has "helped to make the world a better place for children to live and grow."

According to Georgia Newlin, assistant professor of music and coordinator of music education at Bucknell, "This lecture should be of interest to those concerned with children's musical development and with their lived experiences.

"It will be particularly helpful in understanding the impact of social and familial structures on children and childhood," she said.

Feierabend's visit is sponsored by the Children's Studies Lecture Series with Bucknell's Office of Academic Affairs, the University Lectureship Committee and the departments of education, English, Foreign language programs, history, music, psychology, and sociology and anthropology. 

Posted Feb. 9, 2007


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