The Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education, held at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1999, assembled 175 music educators, industry representatives, community arts leaders, and students to speculate about what music education might look like in 2020 and the directions the field might take. Participant presentations were published in 2000 as the book Vision 2020, and the current reprint shares the ideas of the likes of Wiley Housewright, Clifford Madsen, Judith Jellison, and other illuminati of music teaching and learning.
The contributors to this book asked leading questions about the value of music education, its place in the curriculum, and its possible futures. Many preservice music teachers in the intervening twenty years read chapters like “Why Study Music?” or “How Can All People Continue to Be Involved in Music Education?”—questions whose answers are as relevant today as they were at the end of the last century.
As music education moves into a new phase with the current pandemic, the topics considered in this publication are of increasing importance to the discussion. An introduction by two successive presidents of the National Association for Music Education, Kathleen D. Sanz of Florida and Mackie V. Spradley of Texas, place this work in the context of the present day and look at future directions of the profession.
CLIFFORD MADSEN, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music, is Coordinator of Music Education/Music Therapy/Contemporary Media and teaches in the areas of music education, music therapy, research, and psychology of music. He serves on various international and national editorial and research boards and is widely published throughout scholarly journals in music education and therapy.
In addition, he has authored and co-authored many books and is perhaps best known for Teaching/Discipline: A Positive Approach for Educational Development, Experimental Research in Music, Competency Based Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Behavior, and Vision 2020: The Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education.
Dr. Madsen received the bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and the Ph.D. from The Florida State University. He was appointed to the FSU faculty in 1961
Clifford K. Madsen
Kathleen D. Sanz and Mackie V. Spradley
MENC: FROM TANGLEWOOD TO THE PRESENT
Michael L. Mark
WHY DO HUMANS VALUE MUSIC?
Commission Author: Bennett Reimer
John Buccheri Karl Bruhn Roy E. Ernst Terese M. Volk Iris Yob
Response: Robert Glidden
WHY STUDY MUSIC?
Commission Author: J. Terry Gates
Jennifer Davidson Jack Heller Daniel Scheuerer David Shrader Larry Wiliams
Response: Samuel Hope
HOW CAN THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE CALLED FOR IN THE NATIONAL STANDARDS BEST BE TAUGHT?
Commission Author: Paul Lehman
William Anderson Ronald Brandt Kimberly Burns Willie Hill
Will Schmid Regina Zakrajsek
Response: Jane Walters
HOW CAN ALL PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED IN MEANINGFUL MUSIC PARTICIPATION?
Commission Author: Judith A. Jellison
Chelcy Bowles James Byo
Richard Chronister Craig Johnson Anne Miller Marvelene Moore
Response: Warrick L. Carter
HOW WILL SOCIETAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES AFFECT THE TEACHING OF MUSIC?
Commission Author: Carlesta Elliott Spearman
Hal Abeles Donna Brink Fox
Alexandria Holloway Gerald Kember Brian Moore
Response: Sandy Feldstein
WHAT SHOULD BE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND OTHER SOURCES OF MUSIC LEARNING?
Commission Author: Cornelia Yarbrough
Wilma Benson Robert A. Cutietta Randall DeWitt Jeffrey Kimpton Michael L. Mark Richard Zellner
Response: Richard Bell
THE HOUSEWRIGHT DECLARATION