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College of Fine Arts and Communication
The Council for Success in Arts Education


The Council's Charge:
To enhance opportunities for collaboration between the areas of Art Education, Dance Education, Music Education and Theatre Education.

School of Music update:
The focus for the School of Music’s Department of Music Education and Therapy expenditures for the Dean's Council for Success Firelight Project is on developing technology use within the department, courses and most importantly, with our students. 

Five music therapy and music education faculty members will attend the American String Teachers Association National Convention, the Biennial Music Educators National Conference, and the International Society for Music Education, with faculty members serving on panel discussions and presenting research.

Plans are underway to have an area music educator present to ECU music education students on current trends and use of technology in music education, affecting both graduate and undergraduate classes.  It is hoped the forum will assist our students in reflecting on the possibilities technology holds for their classrooms in the future and understanding the technology components required by the state for licensure.

ECU's College of Education has gone paperless, requiring university supervisors to complete forms online. In order to alleviate technical problems traveling from school to school, the department will purchase Verizon 4G pre-paid modem cards so that our staff in the field may access Taskstream while in the field, streamlining the evaluation process. 

2012 Events

Tues., March 27(Art Ed)
Dr. Richard Siegesmund, Art Educator at Northern Illinois University, will be visiting us on Tuesday, March 27th. He will conduct a workshop at 5pm that afternoon in Jenkins Fine Arts Building 1327, which is open to the general public, especially targeted for high school art teachers, and university foundation instructors and art education students.

Dr. Richard Siegesmund, a member of the Art + Design Education faculty at the University of Northern Illinois, will lead a workshop in the School of Art and Design for the purpose of articulating differences between high school and college visual art curriculum. Siegesmund is active in Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), a founder of ThinkTank conferences and past president of Integrative Teaching International.  These organizations are composed of college and university foundations instructors. Siegesmund is also an active member of the National Art Education Association. The Workshop will be open to the art teachers, school personnel, and community college and university faculties and the general public.  Outcomes of the Workshop can be used in developing accreditation statements for education institutions and curriculum.
For the recent East Carolina University SACS reaffirmation report, the SACS University Foundations committee has been asked to explain how university foundations classes differ from high school classes. We think that visual art professional education organizations do not have a recent document to show these differences. This workshop will initiate action to examine and summarize relations between high school and college curricula in North Carolina. Because of Siegesmund’s professional involvement with secondary and post-secondary art programs and professional organizations, he is uniquely prepared to assist us in this task.

Dates TBA (Theatre Ed)

Young Playwright's Project: Public School Workshops
Details: The intent of this project is to continue in the delivery of playwriting and performance skills workshops by SoTD faculty and students to selected classes at  Beaufort Ed Tech, Farmville Middle, and Belvoir Elementary Schools during the spring semester of 2012. The project would also identify and provide for guest artists/authors to make a presentation as well.  In addition to working with guest artists/authors, students at these sites also worked with puppetry, set design, costume design, and plot outlines and development during the fall semester and are dedicated to learning more and continuing their experiences in the field of theatre arts and playwriting