How Artists–Teachers Create an Exceptional Learning Environment

Gerard Morris

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 at 3:10 pm – Gold Room, Memorial Union

Gerard Morris, a faculty member in the University of Puget Sound School of Music, discusses how the success of any teaching style or pedagogical process is directly linked to the artist-teacher in front of the room. Artist-teachers are in a constant state of sensitizing or desensitizing students, which has an impact on the learning environment - the reality - they are trying to create. Morris draws on the research, teaching, and writing of physicist Alan Lightman, neuroscientists David Eagleman and Jonah Lehrer, and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to show how an increased awareness of how individuals perceive and create "reality" can foster success in the classroom.
Morris serves as winds and percussion department chair and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and both the opera and musical theatre orchestras at Puget Sound. He has taught music at the junior and senior high school levels and co-developed a teachers workshop K-12 public school music teachers.

This lecture was made possible in part though patronage by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences F. Wendell Miller Lecture Fund.

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Burn Unit, Iowa Percussion Group & ISU Percussion Ensemble - Gerard Morris, Guest Conductor
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall

The ISU Faculty Chamber Music Group, Burn Unit, will perform mixed ensemble works by Lee Hyla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Vittorio Monti. The Iowa Percussion Group and ISU Percussion Ensemble will join on two unique percussion chamber works: Edgard Varèse's Ionisation (1931) and Neil Thornock's Lurgy for Carillon and Percussion Ensemble (2013); the beginning and the future of percussion chamber music! Gerard Morris is the wind ensemble conductor and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound and a long-time collaborator with Sonic Inertia.

Cosponsored By:
  • LAS Miller Lecture Fund
  • Music
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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