Kennesaw State music professor wins national award

KENNESAW, Ga. | Apr 25, 2018

NAfME names Harry E. Price recipient of Senior Researcher Award

Kennesaw State University’s Harry E. Price, professor of music and music education in the School of Music in the College of the Arts, has been honored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as the 2018 recipient of the Senior Researcher Award.

The award, which recognizes significant, long-term scholarship in music education, was given to Price at the recent NAfME’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta.

“Harry joins a distinguished group of leaders in music education — leaders who produced, and in most cases continue to produce, significant scholarship over long periods of time,” said James L. Byo, Carl Prince Matthies Professor of Music at Louisiana State University. “Harry’s record, spanning four decades, features research that is both rigorous and focused. It also features important service to the music education discipline that, if not unparalleled, is likely unsurpassed.”

Harry E. Price

For the past 35 years, Price’s research has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education and many others. He has introduced his research more than 100 times in various venues, from NAfME’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conferences to the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior.

“Price’s writings span a range of research questions, yet never lose their focus on aiming to contribute to the improvement of teachers and teacher education,” said Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME’s executive director and CEO.

Price, who previously served as professor of music and head of music education at the University of Oregon and University of Alabama, served as interim associate dean in Oregon and was the director of KSU’s School of Music. He is currently working on the new journal development board for the Jazz Education Network.

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME hosts professional development events and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

– Robert S. Godlewski

Photos by Lauren Kress

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