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Sept. 10, 2007

Visiting Japanese music education scholar tunes in to U.S. music education

Noriko Tokie, a visiting scholar from Joetsu University of Japan, will learn about music education curricula in the United States during a visit to the University of Iowa, local public schools, and community locations now through Wednesday, Sept. 19.

"She is eager to learn about various aspects of education curricula here at University of Iowa and the public schools, specifically music, communications, drama, art and dance," said Mary Cohen (photo, left), UI assistant professor of music education in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Education, who is helping organize Tokie's visit.

During her 10-day visit, Tokie will have the opportunity to do everything from observe local elementary school children participating in music classes to converse with UI professors of music education about how they develop a curriculum. She will visit with students and teachers during music classes at Van Allen and Weber Elementary Schools and will attend a rehearsal of Voices of Experience, a mixed chorus of more than 40 members that performs at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center and throughout Johnson County. The vocal group is open to anyone over 50 years of age.

Tokie's visit is sponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning in the UI College of Education, and the School of Music, Division of Performing Arts, CLAS.

Tokie will also attend lectures and music therapy sessions, observe choral rehearsals at Northwest Junior High, and enjoy local music concerts during the week.

For more information or a complete itinerary, contact Cohen at 319-335-3030.

The Music Education program in located in the UI School of Music in the Division of Performing Arts in CLAS.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Mary Cohen, Music Education, 319-335-3030,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,

EDITOR's NOTE: If you would like to arrange an interview with Tokie or find out about specific photo opportunities, contact Cohen at 319-335-3030 or Lois J. Gray at 319-384-0077.