A small but enthusiastic audience heard about the benefits of learning and performing music at the Dean’s Research Colloquium at Lock Haven University on April 19, 2017. Gabe Stillman, founder and lead guitarist of Gabe Stillman and The Billtown Giants, presented a program entitled “A Full Circle View of Music Education.” This colloquium was part of the university’s annual Celebration of Scholarship, where students and faculty present original research and artistic productions. The Dean’s Research Colloquium was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Education.
Dr. Susan Rimby, Dean of the College, welcomed the audience, and Dr. Edwin Severn, Associate Professor of Music, introduced Mr. Stillman. Mr. Stillman discussed his years as both a guitar student and teacher at the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport. He explained the transferable skills that students of all ages gain by learning to play a musical instrument. Mr. Stillman and Dr. Severn also noted that music provides an engaging and positive alternative to the video game addiction that grips many pre-teens, teenagers and young adults.
Mr. Stillman supplemented his thought-provoking remarks with video clips of students performing at Uptown Music Collective performances and The Billtown Giants in concert. Upon audience request, Mr. Stillman performed acoustic blues music on his guitar.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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