The chance has come to meet and chat with Daniel Johnson, the 2019–20 Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies in Austria. Alongside Daniel, Helmut Schaumberger and Monika Öbelsberger will join us as special guests. Daniel will discuss his Fulbright experience and meeting Helmut and Monika during his grant period. Together, Daniel and Helmut will chat about their current project: a cross-cultural, comparative investigation about the ways in which Austrian and US music teachers conceptualize, deliver, and evaluate music teaching and learning in their classes. Monika will join the discussion and speak about their long-lasting professional relationship.
Join us on Zoom as alum Daniel Johnson and special guests Helmut Schaumberger and Monika Öbelsberger chat with us.
Daniel Johnson is professor and coordinator of music education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA). A Fulbright and a Medici Scholar with over twenty-five years of teaching experience spanning the PK–university gamut, Daniel is an international authority on general music education and music teacher education.
Having served as a visiting professor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, he regularly presents research sessions and teacher education workshops throughout the world. Daniel has published in numerous eminent journals, including The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, and The International Journal of Music Education. His most recent book chapters appear in The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music,and The Handbook of Listening. The seventh edition of his textbook, Musical Explorations, is published by Kendall-Hunt.
Helmut Schaumberger is professor of music education at the Gustav Mahler Private University for Music in Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg (PhD in music education), the University of Music and Performing Arts (master’s degree in music education), and the University of Vienna (German language).
For more than fifteen years, Helmut has taught and directed choral and instrumental music programs. In addition, he has founded several community singing projects and related musical festivals. In 2017, he founded the EAS-Special Focus Group SiME (Singing in Music Education), an international platform for researchers and practitioners in the field of singing in schools. As a guest lecturer and clinician Helmut has presented courses at Georgia State University, Atlanta (USA), the Academy of Music Ljubljana, and the University for Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart. His main research interests are: singing in music education, teacher training, music education philosophy, assessment, and competence-oriented music education.
Monika Öbelsberger was appointed professor of music education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in 2001. She headed the university’s Department of Music Education from 2002 to 2019. In 2007 she received a Fulbright grant as visiting professor to the University of Minnesota.
After many years of work (2005–14) as the national coordinator of the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS) for Austria, in 2017 Monika succeeded in bringing both the EAS Congress and the ISME (International Society of Music Education) Regional Conference to the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Since 2006, Monika Öbelsberger has been organizing and directing the European Doctoral Colloquium at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in two- and three-year intervals. Monika has written numerous publications, has comprehensive editorial experience, and has had extensive speaking engagements at home and abroad (including in the US, China, Canada, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, amongst others). Monika’s research focuses on historical music education, comparative music education, cooperative music didactics, and music education and gender.
About the alum chat webinar series: This webinar series is an initiative to feature notable Fulbright Austria alums who continue to make a positive impact beyond their Fulbright Austria experience. In turn, we hope our alums’ accomplishments, accounts, and expertise will inspire other members of our community as they strive to achieve their own aspirations.