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K-State Today

March 7, 2019

Phil Payne awarded Modern Band Higher Education Fellowship

Submitted by Blakely Bunning

Phil Payne, chair of music education in the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, has been selected as a fellow of the Modern Band Higher Education Program through the nationally renowned Little Kids Rock Program based in Montclair, New Jersey. 

The program teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using popular styles, including rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, R&B, and other modern styles. Modern Band classes feature guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, technology and computers. The programs also expand upon existing music programming such as marching band, jazz band and chorus, making music available to children who might otherwise not participate in traditional music classes.

Educators selected to become Modern Band Higher Education fellows receive the following resources for themselves and their institutions: a weeklong professional development opportunity; modern band instruments for use with their music education majors; access to the shared syllabi of all other Modern Band Higher Education fellows; membership in the Little Kids Rock educator network which supplies ongoing professional development opportunities; and curricular resources and networking opportunities with other educators interested in culturally responsive, student-centered and inclusive music education. The Modern Band Higher Education Fellowship is an opportunity for tenure-track music education professors to receive instruction in incorporating modern band pedagogies into pre-service music teacher education programs and receive hands-on instruction in playing popular music instruments.

The 2019 Modern Band Fellowship will take place June 3-7 at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. 

Faculty in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance have received Grammy awards and nominations, and Emmy awards; produced recordings on international and national CD labels; published books and journal articles with international and national publishing houses and professional organizations; and performed and presented research in every continent in the world, except Antarctica. The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Visit k-state.edu/mtd to learn more about music, theatre and dance at K-State.