School of Music

Dr. Bob Duke, Music Therapy Endowed Chair

Dr. Bob Duke, from the University of Texas at Austin, will be joining the music therapy program this week. He is an amazing researcher in music and human learning. Below is his brief bio:

Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and was the founding director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective InstructionThe Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.We have scheduled him to present on Tuesday evening from 5:00-6:15 a lecture relevant to musicians, students and professionals, in room 180. We encourage all faculty and students to attend this specialized lecture.He is also working with the music therapy students on issues relevant to music therapy research and clinical work on Tuesday and Thursday. Below is the schedule for the rest of his visit.

Tuesday 3/10:

8:00-9:15 —  Dr. Duke will be discussing his book, Intelligent Music Teaching, with the senior music therapy students (who have read the book the past two weeks). They are asking him specific questions relevant to his book as well as connections to music therapy.

9:30-10:45 —  Dr. Duke will be presenting his research on eye gaze or how we learn/process of learning, making connections to music therapy students’ skill development related to music therapy clinical work.

11:00-12:15 — Dr. Duke will be presenting his research on novice versus expert observation in clinical work as well as practicing behaviors and memory consolidation and how this impacts music therapy students clinical work.
Thursday 3/12:
8:00-9:15 — Dr. Duke will continue his discussion, part II, with the senior music therapy students regarding his book.

9:30-10:45 — Dr. Duke will be discussing behavior modification with our sophomore music therapy students who have already completed material related to antecedents, behaviors, and consequences — including avoidance, escape, etc.