Janice Killian, Vallie Owens, Melody Gamblin-Bullock
Janice Killian, professor of music education; Vallie Owens, master’s of music education student, and Melody Gamblin-Bullock, doctoral student attended the Pan-African Society for Musical Arts Education conference in July in Kampala, Uganda. At the conference, 12 African countries were represented.
Killian gave the keynote address, "The Face of Musical Arts Education: Shared Visions and Shared Concerns," and two other presentations, "Hints for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Music Research Journals" and "Teaching More by Telling Less: Tips for Teaching Digital Natives." Wayman, now the coordinator of music education at Young Harris College, presented "Music Preferences: Selecting Music with the Students in Mind," and served as master of ceremonies at the opening session. Owens presented "The Effect of Transient Student Populations on a Primary Level Music Program: An Ethnographic Study of Three Music Educators."
“The conference was exciting, but the truly transformative experiences for us happened during the four days prior to the conference in which we were invited to several types of schools, an indigenous music school, a western music conservatory, church services, a Ugandan "home hospitality," and a baby orphanage,” Killian said.