Center for Music Education

What are you reading? | Praxis, the CME Journal | Upcoming Events

Matthew McInturf

From the Director

Welcome to the Sam Houston State University Center for Music Education. Our mission is to bring together practicing teachers, professional performers and scholars to promote excellence in music education. We provide opportunities for practicing teachers to interact with others in the profession, promoting continued learning and educational achievement.

We are committed to forming partnerships with a wide range of constituents in the music profession. For example, we recently offered a Professional Development session that was co-sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association. TMEA has long history of supporting music education, serving as the premier advocate for the arts in Texas schools. In addition, the Conn-Selmer Corporation will be partnering with us to enhance our workshop, Teaching the Middle School Band, that will be presented in the summer of 2015. Conn-Selmer has a strong, ongoing commitment to music education throughout the United States. We believe that strong relationships among practitioners and constituents create an environment that encourages efforts to strengthen arts education.

We believe that music education is the foundation of all aspects of the music profession. Almost every professional in the field of music can name the teacher who inspired them to seek a career in music. Working together, we can build strong institutions, reach outstanding achievements, and create a dynamic future for the role of music in our society.

What are you reading?

To help achieve the CME’s mission to share information about best practices in music education, we believed it would be both informative and enlightening to learn what books our colleagues might be reading. We are pleased to present this sampling of the reading lists of prominent educators, administrators and artists who have graciously consented to share their lists with us. READ MORE

Introducing the CME Online Journal, Praxis

Volume 1, Number 1 of the new online journal, Praxis, will be released in January, 2015. The new journal will support the mission of the CME by providing a peer-reviewed forum to discuss relevant issues concerning the practice of music education. The journal will be published semiannually in January and September.

The first issue of Praxis will address music advocacy. It is crucial for teachers to be effective advocates for music education, even though advocacy isn’t often their first love. The success of any music program is dependent on the support of its educational institution and the constituents of that institution. Becoming persuasive advocates is a key component of building infrastructure to support and sustain successful music education programs.

The Editor-in-Chief for Praxis is Brian Gibbs. Dr. Gibbs has extensive experience in both secondary and higher education. If you would care to submit your work for consideration to be included in a future edition of Praxis, you may reach Dr. Gibbs at

Upcoming Events

Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX
June 15-18, 2015
Registration Opens March, 2015

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
June 22-24, 2015

Registration Opens, March, 2015

The Art of Teaching Music
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
June 22-24, 2015

Registration Opens, March, 2015


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