Edward Deci, psychology professor and Gowen professor in the social sciences at University of Rochester, will present the Richard F. Grunow Colloquium for Music Teaching, Learning,and Performance at 4:30 p.m. April 10 in Hatch Recital Hall, 433 E. Main St., Rochester.
Deci’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A period and reception.
Deci has researched human motivation for 40 years, examining a variety of issues, isolating basic processes and testing their application to education, health care, parenting, mental health and work organizations. Using laboratory and field methods, his work focuses on the nature and development of self-determination, and he is a frequently interviewed expert on the topic. Deci has published 10 books; lectured and consulted for corporations, public school systems, mental health agencies, universities and government bureaus throughout the world; and has a private practice in psychotherapy.
“Deci’s teaching and research on motivation are important and relevant to music teaching and learning, and several of our students are interested in his research,” said music education professor Christopher Azzara, chairman of the department of music teaching and learning. “Students and faculty in our department cite Deci’s research, and our doctoral students have taken classes with him. His insights regarding motivation are applicable to the entire Eastman community.”
The department established the Richard F. Grunow Colloquium for Music Teaching, Learning and Performance upon the Eastman professor’s retirement in 2016. The colloquium is a cross-disciplinary series featuring presentations and performances by distinguished teachers, researchers and performers. The series provides the community opportunities to engage and interact meaningfully and musically.
“Richard Grunow is a terrific colleague who has built relationships within the department, across the school and at local, regional, national and international levels,” Azzara said. “His insights regarding music teaching and learning are important and his contributions to the Eastman School of Music have been invaluable.”
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