Olen Gunnlaugson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development at Université Laval, Canada. Charles Scott is Associate Professor of Education at City University of Seattle and Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Heesoon Bai is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Edward W. Sarath is Professor of Music and Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at the University of Michigan. Together, they are the coeditors of Contemplative Learning and Inquiry across Disciplines, also published by SUNY Press.
Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is also the author of Theories of Attachment, Use Your Words, and Swinging Pendulums.
Focus is on new conceptions for existent areas—such as studio lessons and ensembles, academic history and theory, theory and culture courses, and music education coursework—but also on an exploration of music and human learning, and an understanding of how organizational change happens. Examination of progressive programs will celebrate strides in the direction of the task force vision, as well as extend a critical eye distinguishing between premature proclamations of “mission accomplished” and genuine transformation. The overarching theme is that a foundational, systemic overhaul has the capacity to entirely revitalize the European classical tradition. Practical steps applicable to wide-ranging institutions are considered—from small liberal arts colleges, to conservatory programs, large research universities, and regional state universities.