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Music Ed alumnus Kevin Clayton (center) was recently named Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (Photo: Pasco School District).
An alumnus and a professor of the University of Washington School of Music received top honors recently from the Washington State Music Educators Association (WMEA). Music Education alumnus Kevin Clayton, now director of instrumental music at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Washington, has been named the Washington Music Educators Association 2020 High School Music Educator of the Year. UW Music Education Professor Patricia Shehan Campbell, meanwhile, was named 2020 Educator of... Read more
Singer bathed in purple light
From the first soothing lullabies babies hear to the funereal dirges that accompany the deceased, music is a fixture of the human experience. The latest findings on the cultural basis of singing have ascertained that certain song types—whether lullaby, dance, love or healing melodies—turn up in all cultures. And each kind of song has common cross-cultural acoustic features.  Shannon Dudley, School of Music Ethnomusicology professor, discusses what makes a song in this article published in... Read more
Violinist Rachel Lee Priday (Photo: Sammi Bushman, UW Daily)
“It’s like learning to fry eggs with your left hand while painting a picture with your right hand.”  This is how Ronald Patterson, professor of violin at the UW, described the challenging process of mastering the instrument.  With the recent appointment of Rachel Lee Priday to the position of assistant professor of violin, Patterson will no longer be alone while guiding students through this process. This article appeared in the October 28 issue of the UW Daily. Read more... Read more
Gabriel Kahane appears at the Meany Center in November 2019.
School of Music faculty and students are featured artists in upcoming performances presented by Meany Center for the Performing Arts. The UW Chamber Singers (Geoffrey Boers, director) provide the live soundtrack for a new work included in “Come to Your Senses,” a program by the internationally renowned Pilobolus dance troupe to be presented at Meany Center Nov.... Read more
Mallets from Harry Partch Instrument collection
The School of Music hosts a celebration of historical experimental percussion music spotlighting hidden gems, trailblazers, and a farewell celebration for the Harry Partch Instrumentarium at the University of Washington. With guest percussionist Allen Otte, The Harry Partch Ensemble, students of the UW Percussion Studio, and faculty directors Bonnie Whiting and Charles Corey. Highlights: Performance of John Cage's Credo in US with the newly-discovered original text from the 1942... Read more