University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Music faculty member to present lecture Oct. 8

Whitney Berry will present a lecture, "The Relationships Among Burnout, Attrition and Instructional Congruence in College Music Theory," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, room 202.

Music theory is a core course in all undergraduate music degree programs. Students enter this course with varying degrees of prior subject matter knowledge, which presents a challenge to music theory teaching and learning. An incongruence between the student’s prior knowledge and the level of instruction can negatively affect learning, mental health and persistence in the course sequence and degree program.

This lecture will present the results of a study that investigated the relationships among burnout, attrition and instructional congruence in a population of first and third semester undergraduate music theory students. The implications of this research for faculty members and departments will also be addressed.

Berry is a lecturer at UND, where she teaches Music Theory and Aural Skills courses. Her major area of research is in college music theory pedagogy, with particular focus on active learning games-based instructional methods.

Berry is a frequent guest speaker and clinician in the Grand Forks area, presenting courses, workshops and guest lectures on her innovative and creative teaching methods to faculty and graduate students as well K-12 public school and private music teachers in the community.

-- Tamara Mulske, Music, 777.3271,

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