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Oct. 3, 2007

Music education faculty host arts in community conference Oct. 3-5

For three days beginning today (Wednesday, Oct. 3), faculty in the University of Iowa School of Music and Music Teacher Education Program are hosting the annual Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) conference with the theme, "Arts Education in the Community: What Roles do CIC Music Education Programs Have?"

The event runs through Friday, Oct. 5. For a complete schedule of events visit At the UI the School of Music is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Music Teacher Education Program is in the College of Education.

The conference is taking place at three location over its three-day run: at the  University Theatre Building today, Wednesday, Oct. 3; on the second-floor ballroom (Room 243) of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on Thursday, Oct. 4; and in the IMU South Room (Room 179) Friday, Oct. 5.

The event will feature 26 music doctoral students and 35 music education faculty from the UI and nine other Big Ten institutions. It will also feature expert speakers on topics ranging from "Educating through Engagement" and "An Investigation of General Music Teacher's Attitudes and Approaches of Teaching Creativity" to "Prison Choirs: Planting Seeds, Nurturing Souls, Changing Lives."

"We all believe this annual conference is one of the most significant experiences we can create for our doctoral students because they can meet major researchers in the field and can network with other CIC doctoral students," said Don Coffman, professor and area head of music education in the Music Teacher Education Program and School of Music.

Established in 1958, the CIC is the academic consortium of 12 research universities in the Midwest, including the 11 members of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. The CIC's mission is to advance academic excellence by sharing resources and promoting and coordinating collaborative activities across the member universities. The programs and activities of CIC extend to all aspects of university activity except intercollegiate athletics.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Don Coffman, UI Music Teacher Education Program, 319-335-3026;; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter