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Release: Oct. 31, 2000

Association names two UI professors 'Accomplished Music Teachers'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Music Educators Association has named two University of Iowa professors "Accomplished Music Teachers." Kenneth Phillips, a professor in the UI College of Education's Curriculum and Instruction Division, and Myron Welch, a professor in the music department of the UI College of Liberal Arts, were among 12 people from Iowa honored for their teaching skills and efforts to advance music education.

Recipients of the award were chosen from each state among faculties of all educational levels. They were selected for their teaching abilities and commitment to the development of music in the education of children and adolescents.

Phillips teaches undergraduate courses in conducting, choral music and child and adolescent voice as well as graduate research. Through his work on the enhancement of vocal skills for young singers, he has developed innovative methods that have had a great impact on the improvement of music education.

"It's a great feeling to be recognized outside of the university and to know that we have had an impact on music education throughout the state of Iowa," said Phillips.

Welch, who has worked as the director of bands at the UI for 21 years, conducts the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble and coordinates the Iowa Honor Band. He has directed The All-State Music Camp for 18 years and also teaches courses in instrumental methods and conducting.

"The university provides instruction to teachers around the state to help improve music education, and it is wonderful to be recognized by them for our efforts," said Welch.

In addition to this award, Phillips has received the James N. Murray Award, the College of Education Outstanding Teacher Award and the Collegiate Teaching Award. He has written two books; a third, "Directing the Choral Music Program," will be released soon.

Welch is a past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. He also has several upcoming concerts planned, including the Community Concert Series performed by the UI band in Keokuk Dec. 3.