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Marvelene Moore, a UT professor who specializes in classroom music for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has received the Lowell Mason Fellow Award, the highest honor in the music education field.

The National Association for Music Education presented Moore with the award this summer during its national assembly. She was one of three educators to receive the honor.

Moore is James A. Cox Endowed Chair and a professor of music education.

“It’s superstardom in the music education world,” Jeffrey Pappas, director of the UT School of Music, said of Moore’s award. “We are so proud that her achievements have been recognized with this prestigious award. It reflects highly on our school and the quality of research and teaching she has done throughout her career.”

The Lowell Mason Fellow Award was established in 2002 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in teaching and research in the field of music education. It is named for Lowell Mason, a musician and composer of more than 1,600 hymns. He is credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools in the nineteenth century, and establishing teacher training in music education.

Moore, a UT faculty member for thirty-six years, occasionally serves as a guest teacher in area elementary schools and guest conductor of middle school choruses. She has served as a clinician and guest conductor for music organizations in forty-four states and has presented at the International Society for Music Education conferences in South Korea, South Africa, Norway, Malaysia, the Canary Islands, Italy, and China, and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

She is founder and chair of the biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music, which is co-sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

Moore has written numerous books, including Critical Essays in Music Education, Kaleidoscope of Cultures: Proceedings of the National Symposium on Multicultural Music, School Music and Teacher Education: A Global Perspective in the New Century, and Making Music with Movement and Dance.


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