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Professor Robert Duke Receives Career Award Recognizing Lifetime Achievement in Music Scholarship

Robert Duke, the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning in the Butler School of Music, has received a career research award from MENC: The National Association for Music Education. The MENC Senior Researcher Award is "meant to recognize a sustained record of significant scholarly achievement related to music teaching and learning." One of his nominators wrote, "To say that he has been a consistently productive scholar across a long career in higher education seems to understate the amount of activity in research and teaching he has maintained, the quality of that research and teaching, the positive influence he has had on students and colleagues, and the professional contribution he has made by shaping a research agenda that serves as a model for our discipline." The award was presented at the organization's biennial meeting in Anaheim, California, in March 2010, where Professor Duke delivered an invited address as the award recipient. During the meeting, he also presented results of his recent research on cognition in improvisation together with UT alumnus Martin Norgaard (PhD, 2008) and doctoral candidate James Fidlon.

In 2009-2010, Bob Duke gave invited keynote addresses for meetings of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, The American Association of Medical Colleges, the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students, The Kadner Institute, the International Symposium on Talent Education, The College Band Directors National Association, The Manitoba Music Educators Association, The Florida Music Educators Association, and the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society. He gave additional conference presentations for The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, The Guitar Foundation of America International Conference in Austin, and for The Music Teachers National Association, along with UT alumna Carla Davis Cash (PhD 2007), and at the International Society for Music Education convention in Beijing, along with Carla Cash and fellow UT alumnae Amy Simmons (PhD 2006), and Sarah Allen (PhD 2007).

Professor Duke delivered the Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and was the Charles McCay Visiting Artist in Residence in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at The University of Georgia. He gave other invited lectures at The University of Florida College of Medicine, The University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the North Carolina A&T State University Biomedical Program, The University of Minnesota, VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, the Universidad CAECE in Buenos Aires, and at the Juilliard School as part of the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies.

Here on campus, Professor Duke again gave the opening lecture on teaching for UT's New Faculty Seminar, and he continues to teach through the Environmental Science Institute, where he is a member of the affiliated faculty, and the National Science Foundation program in science education. He gave invited presentations for school district faculty in Plano, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and Hastings, Minnesota, and for students at the Music Institute of Chicago.

He was honored by The University of Texas System Board of Regents as one of the first recipients of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

His most recent research publications appear in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Music Teachers National Association eJournal, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. He also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Music Teaching and Learning.

His book Intelligent Music Teaching is in use in over 50 colleges and universities and is widely read by practicing teachers in music and in other disciplines.