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The Kent State School of Music

The Kent State School of Music was well represented at the 2023 OMEA Clinic including a presentation on music technology by alumnus Bryan Helsel, the General Music Jump Start session with doctoral candidate BethAnn Hepburn, and a session on music with kindergarteners by doctoral student Lisa Heinrich.The University hosted their traditional Alumni & Friends reception on Friday, February 2nd at 6:00 in the Hyatt Hotel. The faculty enjoyed welcoming you and catching up on all your accomplishments.
Dr. Craig Resta will present a research poster about doctoral study in music education at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, and an additional research poster about the research publishing process at the Indiana Music Educators Association conference. Dr. Jay Dorfman recently delivered a keynote address on popular music pedagogy at the PMEA District 1 Inservice Conference hosted by Seton Hill University. Dr. Dorfman will spend the spring on a sabbatical conducting research on technology-based music classes in high school settings.
In addition to presenting at OMEA, Dr. Butch Marshall will be presenting sessions at the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in Chicago in March. He was the invited early childhood specialist at Illinois Music Educators Association in Peoria in January, and delivered guest pedagogy lectures to the students at Cal. State Fresno in February. Here at home, his Music Play early childhood music program continues to gain momentum and will launch a Winter semester in February in Kent. If there's an infant or toddler in your life looking for music and movement, contact him.
We are excited to once again offer summer professional development courses for CEUs or academic credit. Our summer offerings will include Orff-Schulwerk Levels I, II, and II, Rock Band Performance and Pedagogy, and others. If you are interested in any of our summer courses, please email Dr. Marshall ( for more information.