FHU Music Professor Participates in Regional Conference

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Freed-Hardeman University music instructor Sarah Burns participated on the program of the 2014 Joint Regional Conference Of The College Music Society Southern Chapter and Mid­Atlantic Chapter and The Association of Technology in Music Instruction. It was held in Knoxville by The University of Tennessee School of Music on Feb. 14.


Music educators, scholars, students, composers and professionals from around the nation converged on the campus of UT-Knoxville to hone their craft, share best practices and enjoy concerts by internationally renowned performers, according to Burns.

Burns presented a session titled “Common Core State Standards: Implications for Music Methods Courses.” It was a response to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English/ Languages Arts and Mathematics currently impacting schools across the country. She briefly identified the Common Core Standards from the music perspective and answered questions about successfully incorporating Common Core standards into the music curriculum.

The conference highlight was a keynote address by famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, longtime bandleader of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and a Grammy Award winner. An evening concert showcased the winning works from the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest.

Burns is a music education specialist in the areas of general music and choral music. She is a doctoral candidate at Shenandoah University. An active musician, she performs with the Jackson Choral Society and the Southwest Tennessee Community Band. She directs and performs with a recorder ensemble.