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Sister Patricia St. John, CSJ, Presents Paper at Prestigious International Music Conference
Sister Patricia St. John, CSJ, executive director of Carondelet Music Center in Latham and adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, recently presented a paper at the University of Exeter which is host to the international conference, Research in Music Education (RIME), April 12-16. Sister Patricia’s paper, Preschoolers Banding Together, explored possible relationships between the socio-cognitive stages of play (Functional, Constructive, Dramatic) and Bruner’s instructional model (Enactive, Iconic and Symbolic).
The most exciting aspect of the conference for Sister Patricia is meeting new scholars and reconnecting with colleagues throughout the world, particularly a colleague from Kenya who presented a paper with her several years ago in Taiwan. This time, Sister Patricia’s session included a scholar from the University of Burgundy in France. It was fun, too, to have Lori Custodero, Sister Patricia’s colleague from Teachers College (TC), as the chairperson of her session. “Four of us from Teachers College presented papers at RIME; we had a strong presence there! And, it was great to meet up with friends from my student days at TC, three alums who also presented papers!”
Sister Patricia particularly enjoyed her interactions with two scholars from the University of London and a researcher from Portugal whose work focuses on the benefits of musical experiences for the elderly, a topic of interest that intersects her own research on intergenerational music classes involving infants and seniors.
A highlight of the conference was a symposium on Spirituality and Music, an emerging topic of inquiry in music-education circles.
Sister Patricia was delighted that Sister Anne Bryan Smollin could accompany her to England; they spent the weekend before the conference enjoying London. Of note were visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, the London Eye and Wimbledon. They were not, however, invited to the Royal Wedding.
Sister Patricia presents her paper, entitled "Preschoolers Banding Together."