The more I work w/ teachers I recognize they want to think critically about what they do; they long for a space to think through w/ others. Workshops that only present “activities to take back that ‘work’” deny/suppress inherent transformative capacities. Tweet: February 7, 2018
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Lecturer - Department of Curriculum and Teaching
Teachers College Columbia University
University of Western Ontario
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Leader of Capilano University Music Faculty Program Review (May 2022)
INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
• Racial Bias and Equity in Music, April 8, 2022 - Sponsored by the Frost School of Music (University of Miami)
• The Universidad Autónoma de Chihuanhua, November 16, 2016. Some Things Simply Shouldn’t Be Sustained: The [Not So] Hidden Language of Power and Exclusion.
• The Music Education Students’ Association (MESA), Enlighten 2016, January 2016. Works at what? – The Purpose of Music Education
• Conference on Music Learning and Teaching, March 2011. Sponsored by Center for Applied Research in Music Education (CARMU), Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I am not a True Believer: A Crisis in Faith.
• Nordic Master Course, Orebro School of Music, November 7-11 2011, Orebro, Sweden.
• Singposium: Alberta Kodály Association February 29, 2020. Critical Listening Through Ethical Dilemmas: Peter and the Wolf
• Nova Scotia Music Educators Association October 2019 - 2 sessions:
Imagine and Peter and the Wolf: The goal of both sessions is to provide a vision of socially engaged practices through a framework that supports pedagogical dispositions that help to uncover, bias, misinformation, and misunderstandings that stand in the way of embracing difference.
• Education Through Music, New York City. August 2019. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Kodály Pedagogy. Working with New York City music teachers.
• Kodály Society of Canada - Teacher workshop. Manitoba, March 1, 2019. Building Blocks for Successful Part-Singing
• Nova Scotia Kodály Society. Doing Away with Classroom Management: Teaching for Musical Transitions. February 2018. Professional Development Day
• Singing the Circle | World Singing Day Workshop for the October 2017 21/22 Cape Breton, NS. (Co-applicant SSHRC Connections Grant)
- Worked in local schools with music teachers 21 October
- Professional Development with Cape Breton Music Teachers
- Worked with Cape Breton Chorale World Singing Day Weekend
• Kodaly Back to School Workshop. (Doing Away with Classroom Management: Teaching for Musical Transitions. August, 20717 London ON).
• Royal Conservatory of Music. Why Do We What We Do?: In Pursuit of Purpose. September 16, 2016. Toronto.
• Creative Learning, Creative Teaching: Learning from YoungArts Master Artists (February 28, 2014)
• Creative Learning, Creative Teaching: Learning from YoungArts Master Artists (October, 20, 2013)
-YoungArts MasterClass Resources for Teachers
• Age of Connectivity: Music as a Natural Resource - Music as a Global Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues Compendium - Third Edition
• Age of Connectivity: Music as a Natural Resource ... Urban Futures. High Level Forum: UN Headquarters, New York. 23 June 2011.
• Age of Connectivity: Better City - Better Life ... Imagining the Possible. High Level Working Session: UN Headquarters, New York. 14 February 2010.
BOOK LAUNCH at Teachers College (fall 2016)- Randall Allsup, Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education. Photos and Video
SELECTED PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCES
• Benedict, C. (June 2023). What use history?: Dismantling elementary public school curricular structures. The 13th Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium (ISPME). Oslo, Norway
• Benedict, C. (April 2023). Walking Away from Music Teacher Preparation: The Experiences of Three Students of Colour. The 13th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME 2023)
• Benedict, C. & Schmidt, P. (November 2022). Decolonizing the Ear: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Model Cornerstone Assessments and the National Standards. Philosophy SRIG session of the NAfME Conference in National Harbor, MD
• Benedict, C.& Schmidt, P. (July 2022). Decolonizing Musicianship: Invisibility, Silos and Resistance to Change in Higher Teacher Education. ISME - MISTEC Commission.
• Benedict, C. (April 2022). We decided to stop saying “Good Job”: The Impact of Language Shifts in the Classroom. AERA, San Diego/paper presentation.
• Benedict, C. & Showen, A. (June 2021). Living with our monsters: Reading literacy [Kodály] through posthumanism. Mayday Colloquium 32
• Benedict, C. (May 23-26, 2021). Socially just engagements in the elementary classroom: Learning to dialogue with the Other. The 16th Mountain Lake Colloquium - Engaged Work Toward Justice: People, Practices, and Priorities.
• Benedict, C. (2021 6 – 9 April 2021). Sustaining Critical Engagements: The Impact of Language Shifts in the Music Classroom. RiME 2021 - Twelfth International Research in Music Education Conference.
• Benedict, C. (2021 6 – 9 April 2021). Symposium: Music Teacher Preparation in Times of Crisis - Epistemology of inclusion: Teaching our students to meet the other. RiME 2021 - Twelfth International Research in Music Education Conference.
• Benedict, C. & Bernard, C. (2021 24 - 27 March 2021). First year music education students learning to listen and respond to the other: A transnational pilot project. 28th EAS Conference 2021 / 9th ISME European Regional Conference (Virtual).
• Benedict, C. (2021 February 18-20) Educating for Intelligent Belief and Unbelief. Desert Skies Symposium
• Abril, C. R. & Benedict, C. L. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) School Music Administrators' Roles and Perspectives on Navigating Policy [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/ruvfltt (Conference Cancelled)
• Benedict, C. & Allsup, R. (Feb 2020) Celebrating the Contributions of Estelle Jorgensen: The Thirteenth Annual Jean Sinor Memorial Symposium Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, “The Road Goes Ever On”
• Benedict, C. (June 2019). Twelfth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium. Popular Criticisms of Democracy and Music Education: A Philosophical Exploration: Religion-blind Policies: Anti-Democratic Consequences. Moderated by Michael Apple
Pre-conference work with students - Photos
• Benedict, C. (June 2019). Twelfth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium. Music Education in Times of Darkness: The possibility of Resistance: Resisting Friendship.
Photos from Pre-conference and Conference (ISPME Summer 2019)
• Introduction to Michael Apple Keynote (ISPME Summer 2019)
• ISME (International Society for Music Education) On the Limitations and Potentials of Intercultural Events. Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2018 Photos
• MayDay Group Colloquium XXX, Western University. London ON, June 6-9, 2018, Reclaiming Making: Music Technology in the Curriculum. Jared O'Leary, co-presentor. Photo
• 3rd Annual FIMS/MUSIC/LAW (FIMULAW) Interdisciplinary Research Day. March 22, 2019 Reflections from a Music Educator on Interdisciplinary Audiology Research
• NAfME (National Association of Music Educators). March 2018 Connected Insularity: On the Limitations and Potentials of Intercultural Events. Cathy Benedict, Kelly Bylica, Kristine Musgrove, Gabriela Ocadiz, Patrick Schmidt. Photos
• TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association). Honouring Awe and Wonder: Facilitating the Space of Song. San Antonio, Texas. February 2018.
• OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association). Works at what? Huntsville, ON Nov 2017. OMEA 2017 Photos
• Beyond Bourdieu? Institute for Advanced Studies (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg), Delmenhorst. International Symposium, 22nd – 24th September 2017. Photos
• 23rd International Kodály Society Symposium Singing the Circle/Cycle du chant. Honouring Awe and Wonder: Facilitating the Space of Song. Camrose, Alberta 8-12 August 2017.
• The 10th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. True Threat, True Promise: Recklessness as the New ‘Praxis. The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. London, UK. 11th – 14th June 2017.
• Eleventh Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium - 2017. The Banality of Assessment: It All Comes Too Easily. Volos, Greece. 7–10 June 2017.
• MusCan - Canadian University Music Society: Canada 150: Music and Belonging. Much needed dialogue: Having faculty conversations about how and why we teach.
University of Toronto May 25-27, 2017
• Organizing Equality. London, ON. Panel presentation. Music: Transformative or Reproductive? Cathy Benedict, Alison Butler, Gabriela Ocadiz. March 24, 2017.
• Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference. Practicing to hear each other better: Pedagogy of Presence / Practicing to listen to each other better: Pedagogy of Presence. May 11, 2017.
• New Directions for Performance and Music Teacher Education A Symposium on University Music Education in China November 2-5, 2016, The Arts College of Xiamen University Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. Works at what? – The purpose of music education.
• 32nd ISME World Conference, Policy Commission 2016 Birmingham, UK. Presentation with UWO Doctoral Student Alison Butler: The Rhetoric of Inequality: Leaving No Child Behind because Everyone Child Matters.
• 32nd ISME World Conference, 2016 Glasgow, Scotland. Panel Presentation: Understanding Social Justice in Music Education: International Voices.
• The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). The [Not So] Hidden Language of Power and Exclusion. London, Ontario. June 21-24, 2016.
* NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference. March 2016 Atlanta. “The Lost Pedagogical Core of “Student Centered” Teaching” (Benedict & Hibbard)
• Ann Arbor Symposia IV: Popular Music. True Threat, True Promise: Recklessness as the New ‘Praxis’ November 2015. Am Arbor, MI.
Related links - New York Times Retro Report- Sex, Drugs and Gore
• The October 2015 Singing Network’s Symposium on Singing and Song. Pedagogy of Presence: Finding the Space of Appearance in Song. Newfoundland.
• Tenth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium - 2015. Philosophy and Pedagogy: Arendt in Praxis. June 03-06, 2015, Frankfurt am Main.
• Tenth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium - 2015. Respondent to: Iris Yob - Sacred Time. June 03-06, 2015, Frankfurt am Main.
• Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). Tampa, FL. Integrating Music into Middle School Based Projects. January 2015.
• 2014 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME - click for photos) Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, St. Louis. Philosophy SRIG: “Sanctioned Repositories of a Hope: The Alignment of Standards”
• College Music Society National Conference (CMS) Boston, 2014. The Paradox of Preparation (Panel) and It's not about Teaching Music (Lightning Talk).
• NAfME In-Service Conference, Nashville, 2013. Doing Away With Classroom Management: Teaching for Musical Transitions.
• Ninth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium - 2013. Respondent to: Werner Jank - Theory of 'Bildung' - Philosophy of Education: On their Significance for Current Questions in the Philosophy of Music Education. Teachers College, Columbia University
• Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium IX, University of South Florida. General Educators Teaching Music: It's Not About Music, It's About Pedagogical Possibilities. February 6-9, 2013
• Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). Tampa, FL. Uniting Music Education: Models for Collaboration with General Educators! January 9-12, 2013
• Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA. Tampa, FL. Improving Music Teacher Leadership: What Every Educator must Know About Policy in Times of High Accountability. January 9-12, 2013.
• The Second Symposium on LGBT Studies and Music Education. Pedagogy of Pride. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (click for photos), October 18-19, 2012.
• 30th ISME World Conference, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece. Who’s Afraid of Policy? Learning to Lead by Learning to Influence.
• 30th ISME World Conference, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece. Rules inside the Parameters of Schooling: Four National Perspectives
• Music Educators National Conference (NAfME), 2nd MENC Biennial National Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, MO March 28-31, 2011: Chair - Philosophy Special Interest Research Group (SRIG - click for video)
• College Music Society National Conference (CMS), Richmond, VA 2011. Cultural Responses and Sustaining Growth: Graduate Students and Early-mid Career Teachers Interrogating “Rules”
• Nordic Network for Music Education (Nordplus) Course. Orebro Sweden, November 7-11, 2011. Classroom Behaviour in American and Nordic Primary Schools.
• College Music Society National Conference (CMS), Richmond, VA 2011. Cultural Responses and Sustaining Growth: Graduate Students and Early-mid Career Teachers Interrogating “Rules”
• The 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME). April 12-16, 2011, School of Education, University of Exeter. The Concept of Bildung and Educational Change in the 21st Century: "Oh How I Wish You Had Been Karl Marx"
• College Music Society National Conference (CMS), Minneapolis, MN, 2010. Moving Between Silos: The Courage of Conversations Between Music Education and Music Theory.
• 29th ISME World Conference, 2010 China. Music Teaching and Learning at the Pedagogy and Policy Nexus: Who Makes Policy?
• 29th ISME World Conference, 2010 China. Early Career Teachers and the Creative Commons: A Model for Professional Growth and Autonomy.
• 2010 Biennial Music Educators National Conference (MENC), March 2010, Policy Presentation for Symposium for Music Teacher Education: Social Justice and Policy Thinking.
• Eighth Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium - 2010, Sibelius Academy. The Social Contract and Music Education: If I do what?! I'll get what!?!
• 54th National Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Mexico City, October 2009. El Sistema: Can Music have a Place in Social Reform?
• Symposium for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), University of North Carolina, September 2009. The Role of Inquiry-Based Practice in Preservice Music Teacher Education.
• Symposium for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), University of North Carolina, September 2009. O Brave New World, That Has Such People In't: Courageous Conversations Between Music Theory and Music Education.
• The 6th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME). April 15-18, 2009, School of Education, University of Exeter. The Myth of institutionalized Music Education and The Performativity of the U.S. National Standards.
• 28th ISME World Conference 20–25 July 2008, Bologna, Italy. Policy, Narrativity, and the Representation of Reality.
• 11th Community Music Activity International Seminar (ISME), 15-18 July 2008, Rome, Italy. The Social/Cultural Economy Of Community Music: Realizing Spectacle.
• MayDay Group Colloquium XX, Boston University. Boston, Massachusetts, June 5-8, 2008, We Hold Bake Sales, For God's Sake: The Case For Dropping Out of Music and Staying Out.
• Associacao Brasileira de Educadores Musicais (Brazil Music Educators National Conference), Santa Maria, Campo Grande May 20, 2008. Critical Pedagogies and Music Education Practices: Sharing Practical, Political and Conceptual Histories.
• American Education Research Association (AERA), NYC, March 2008. Observation as a Pedagogy of Disruption: Interrupting the Normative Spaces of Schooling as Responsibility.
• Narrative Soundings, 2nd International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, February 7-9, 2008 School of Music, Herberger College of Fine Arts, Arizona State University. Refusing Narratives: The Ethics of Functional Literacy.
• musica ficta/Lived Realties: A Conference on Engagements and Exclusions in Music, Education, and the Arts. January 24-27, 2008. Benedict, C. Schmidt, P. The Keynote and The Perpetration of Capital: Modeling Inequity in Educational Practices.
• Symposium for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), University of North Carolina, September, 2007. It's Not Just About Survival: Critical Practices in Urban Schools. Presented with three music teacher graduates of New York University.
• Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium (PMER), University of Western Ontario, Canada, June 6-9, 2007. Invited Respondent.
• International Sociological Association Conference (Research Committee on Sociology of Education). Nicosia, Cyprus. May 24-27 2007. Observation as Pedagogy of Disruption: Interrupting the Normative Spaces of Schooling
• The 5th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME), April 10-14, 2007, School of Education, University of Exeter. Processes of Alienation: Orff and Kodaly.
• American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, April 2007. Self-actualizing Learning: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Using Self-assessment.
• 11th Annual Urban Music Leadership Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 19-21, 2006, Defining Ourselves as Other: Envisioning Transformative Possibilities
• First International Symposium on Music Education, Equity, and Social Justice, Teachers College, Columbia University, October, 2006. Schmidt, P. & Benedict, C. From Whence Justice: Interrogating the Improbable in Music Education.
• Mayday Colloquium XVII, Westminster Choir College, NJ, June 2006. Embracing Powerlessness and Despair: Teaching.
• Narrative Soundings, 1st International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, April 5-7, 2006 School of Music, Herberger College of Fine Arts, Arizona State University. On The Narrative Of Challenged Assumptions.
• College Band Directors' National Association's Biennial National Conference (CBDNA), NY, Allsup, R. & Benedict, C. (February 2005). The Problem of Band: An Inquiry into the Future of Instrumental Music Education.
• Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education (PMER), University of Hamburg, Germany, May 18-21, 2005. Naming Our Reality: Negotiating and Creating Meaning in the Margin.
• The 4th International Conference for Research in Music Education (RIME), Exeter, England April 5-9, 2005. Chasing Legitimacy: The National Music Standards Viewed Through a Critical Theorist Framework.
• College Music Society National Conference (CMS), Miami, FL, October 2003, Chasing Legitimacy: The National Music Standards.