McCay Resident: Robert Duke

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DukeOctober 12 - 15, 2009 Renowned scholar and researcher Robert Duke will be in residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music from October 12th-15th, 2009. Dr. Duke will be presenting a variety of engaging talks and lectures covering a range of topics related to both music teaching and learning, and general principles of teaching and learning. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. This residency is made possible by the Charles McCay Fund. Highlights of Dr. Duke’s visit include talks on the observation of teaching and learning entitled Watching Students Learn (or Not) and What the Heck Are You Looking At? An afternoon lecture will center on the topic of Dr. Duke’s latest book, Intelligent Music Teaching.  A session titled The Practice of Practice will investigate how musicians can practice more effectively, and My Brain’s Busy Even Though I’m Not will examine the cognitive neuroscience of skill learning. At 8 PM on Monday October 12th, Dr. Duke will present an evening lecture entitled Why Our Students Don’t Learn What We Think We Teach. This talk will explore how the brain is re-organized during learning activities, and why formal education often fails to make substantive and lasting changes in how we think and behave. Dr. Duke will present ideas for designing learning experiences that will achieve changes in cognition, affect, and behavior, all of which are components of expertise in every discipline. Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning and Director of the Center for Music Learning at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the founder of the National Forum on Research in Motor Learning and Music. A former studio musician and public-school music teacher, Dr. Duke is widely published in professional journals and a frequent presenter on human learning throughout North America. Any student or teacher of music will benefit from Dr. Duke’s entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking sessions. For a complete schedule of events, please visit For more information, please e-mail