UM Frost School of Music Presents Distinguished Music Educator Peter Webster

March 01, 2013 — Coral Gables — The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents distinguished music educator Peter Webster as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Webster will present a lecture on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gusman Hall on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Webster recently retired as a Professor of Music Education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In the fall of 2013 he will assume an adjunct appointment as Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Webster will share his ideas for charting new directions for music teaching and learning at all levels of instruction that draw heavily on his work in musical creativity, technology, and assessment. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve, call (305) 284-4940 or visit

Webster is the recipient of many grants, including a landmark award from the National Association of Music Merchants to study the influence of music experiences on adult creativity in non-music fields. His published work includes over 75 articles and book chapters on technology, music education practice, and creative thinking in music which have appeared in journals and handbooks in and outside of music. He is an editorial board member for several prestigious journals and has served as an editor for several projects, including the new MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning published by Oxford University Press. Webster is co-author of Experiencing Music Technology, 3rd edition, the standard textbook used in college-level introductory music technology courses.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established a decade ago through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of E. Roe and Penny Stamps. Annually, the series brings an array of significant artists, scholars and music industry leaders to the Frost School of Music for the educational and artistic enrichment of UM students and the community.

About Frost School of Music

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor and master degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music theory and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

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