Abramo Receives Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award

March 7, 2011

AbramoAssistant Professor of Music Joseph Abramo recently received the 2011 Outstanding Emerging Researcher award from the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. The award, established in 2009, honors music education researchers at early stages of their careers who are producing high-quality researchers.

"It is a great privilege and honor to receive this recognition," Abramo said, "especially from an organization and people for whom I have great respect. I teach and conduct research for the intrinsic desires and rewards that they provide, but with that said, it is nice and humbling to receive acknowledgment."

As part of the award, Abramo presented his research at the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium February 2-5 in Tampa, FL. The symposium highlighted current music research and thought on popular music pedagogy. His work also will be published in Music Education Research International.

"The conference was a stimulating experience," he said. "There were presenters and keynote speakers from around the world, and the perspectives and conversations were insightful."

Abramo presented his research on how children's gender identities influence the type of popular music they write in schools. He found that participants in his study "borrowed gender stereotypes from popular culture when they wrote their music. When teachers use popular music in schools, they must be aware of how students' perception of gender plays a part in their musical experiences."

Abramo joined the Hartwick faculty in 2010. He received his bachelor of music in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam's Crane School of Music, master of music degrees in saxophone performance and music theory from Michigan State University, and master of education and Ed.D. in music education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Emerging Researcher award, recipients must either be enrolled in a graduate degree program or employed as a pre-tenure faculty member in a grade school or college music program. Previous recipients have taught at Ithaca College and the University of Colorado.

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