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Music education expert gives lecture on socialization at Loyola

April 16, 2010

Hildegard Froehlich, Ph.D., professor emeritus of music education at the University of North Texas, will explore how socialization processes among people relate to music education during a free public lecture at Loyola University New Orleans.

The talk, “The Musician-Music Educator as Interactive Agent in a Divided Music World,” takes place Wednesday, April 21, from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored as part of Loyola’s Biever Lecture Series.

“Music is a universe of languages made up of vastly different styles and types of sounds and shared by different people in different settings,” said Froehlich. “The socially savvy musician-music educator understands the different meanings people attach to music and acts as an agent to engage others in musical experiences, musical exploration and musical learning.”

According to Froehlich, personal socialization results from people’s interactions with others in different settings. Similarities and differences in socialization processes lead to the formation of different social groups, reference systems and sub-cultures. These reasons are why conflicting assumptions exist in society about music and the role of music education in a person’s life.

During the presentation, participants will examine their own work reality according to the principles of interaction theory as presented by Froehlich.

Froehlich earned her teaching degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and served as an assistant professor in the department of education of the University of Hamburg from 1970 to 1973. In 1973, she came to the United States to pursue a doctorate in music education from the University of Texas at Austin. Afterwards, she accepted a position as an assistant professor in music education at the University of North Texas where she remained until her retirement in 2002. Since retirement, she has served as a freelance consultant, teacher and lecturer.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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