Release Date: August 3, 2009
Kennesaw State appoints new School of Music directorNew director is internationally known music education scholar
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KENNESAW, Ga.— Following a competitive national search, Kennesaw State University has appointed Harry Price the new director of the School of Music in the KSU College of the Arts. Prior to coming to Kennesaw State, Price served as the department head and a tenured professor of music education at the University of Oregon. In the past, he has held positions as acting associate dean and director of graduate studies at the University of Oregon and department head and program chair of music education at the University of Alabama. Price earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Florida State University and a Doctor of Education degree from Syracuse University.
Price has been the United States representative and chair to the six-member Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education. He is the past (1994–2000) editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education, serves as a member of the editorial boards of Research Studies in Music Education and International Journal of Music Education, and previously served as associate editor of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. He edited Music Education Research: An Anthology from the Journal of Research in Music Education and has published more than 60 research papers in music education journals. Price has made research presentations and been a guest speaker at state, regional, national, and international levels, including in Asia, Australia and Europe.
“Dr. Price brings an incredible energy, strong leadership and clear vision to our dynamic School of Music,” says KSU Arts Dean Joseph Meeks, who himself led the music program in the 1990s. “Music at Kennesaw State is stronger than ever, and Dr. Price is joining our at a pivotal moment when we are poised to be recognized as a leading music school in the nation.”
The School of Music at Kennesaw State is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is an All-Steinway School. It offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in music and the Bachelor of Music Degree in both music performance and music education. In October 2007, the School of Music opened the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, home of the 624-seat Performance Hall. This year, the School added another new facility, the Wilson Annex, which features state-of-the-art studios and Wenger student practice rooms.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.