In 1967, a group of 34 leading scholars convened at Tanglewood (in the Massachusetts Berkshires) for the purpose of examining the role of music in American Society. This event was documented in a publication entitled The Tanglewood Symposium: Music in American Society (1967). To commemorate this seminal event in the history of Music Education and to concurrently move the field forward in an equally significant manner, a 40th anniversary symposium was scheduled for the summer of 2007. The event examined, once again, music (including a global perspective this time) as a crucial component of life experience, assessed what progress has been made since the 1967 symposium, and considered future directions that will be promising to the field of music education, the society in which this training takes place, and the individuals who participate. Through a three-fold mission, the Tanglewood II Symposium continues toexplore the following fundamental questions:
1) Where have we been and what has been the effect of Tanglewood I on music education in the U.S.?
2) What is the current status of music education that can be analyzed and evaluated for future planning?
3) What should be the primary goals for the next fifty years in music education and how will we assess success related to their accomplishment?
This event promises to offer a new perspective on the current state and future directions of music education in the USA and abroad.
As a precursor to the main symposium held June 25-29, 2007, a series of satellite conferences were held, organized around a variety of topics. The organizers of each satellite conference were responsible for documenting the outcomes of these individual events and presented this information at the larger symposium. During a two day period (April 6-7, 2007), the University of Minnesota hosted a group of six national leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of our knowledge and level of understanding related to technological applications in the music classroom. These experts included: Nancy Barry (University of Oklahoma), William I. Bauer (Case Western Reserve University), Sara Hagen (Valley City State University), Rocky J. Reuter (Capital University), Kimberly Walls (Auburn University), and David B. Williams (Illinois State University). This group of esteemed faculty from around the nation was augmented and significantly enhanced by the participation of a faculty member from UMN's Instructional Technology program (Charles Miller), K-12 teachers (Josh Countryman, Peter Hofmann, & Jeremy Mann), and arts administrators from the Twin Cities region (Pat Teske & David O'Fallon), and representatives of local public schools and the many fine arts centers in the area. This group of teachers, professors, technologists, and musicians spent two full days discussing the role of music technology in societies around the globe and its resulting impact upon the quality of music education, focusing specifically on the approach explicated in the fundamental questions stated above. The outcomes of this event are documented on this web site.