The Kreeger Museum’s Hear Art, See Music Program: Providing Universal Access to Museum Learning

By Judy A. Greenberg, Carole W. Brown, Susan Hostetler, Erich Keel, Michael V. Smith and Andrea Waldock.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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On January 31, 2006, the United State’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded The Kreeger Museum, in partnership with The Catholic University of America (CUA), a National Leadership Grant Award to develop a national model program that will (1) provide universal access to meaningful experiences in small and mid-size museums and (2) develop capacities in knowledge/ representation, engagement, and expression among students, grades 5-8, with special educational needs. The program, Hear Art, See Music (HASM), spans a 3-year period, October 1, 2006 – September 30, 2009. Since 2006, the HASM grant team has been developing and implementing the HASM curriculum model with the goal of make learning in the arts accessible to all students. The curriculum model will be used to design numerous lesson plans for museum gallery tours, museum workshops, and arts-infused workshops in the school setting. In order to create meaningful, and hence, accessible gallery tours and workshops, this process involves the training of museum docents and teacher candidates in art, music and special education; the implementation of a pilot model; professional evaluation of the model; and the dissemination of replication materials to other small and mid-size museums across the country.

Keywords: Education, Disabilities, Art and Music, Curriculum

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 682.201KB).

Judy A. Greenberg

Director, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, USA

Judy A. Greenberg was appointed Director of The Kreeger Museum in January 1994. Ms. Greenberg serves as Principle Investigator of the Hear Art, See Music grant and has a long record of involvement with professional and cultural organizations. Previously, she initiated the programs Painting Sound, Art On Site, The Kreeger Museum Biennial Artist Award and DC Citypiece: Monuments at the Millennium. Ms. Greenberg’s most recent initiative was ColorField.remix, spring 2007. A native of New York City, Ms. Greenberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in Studio Art and Education, continued graduate studies in Studio Art and completed the Museum Management Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Carole W. Brown

Special Education Expert, The Catholic University of America, Washington, USA

Dr. Carole W. Brown has been a Research Associate Professor at CUA since the spring of 2002. She is the Special Education Expert for the Hear Art, See Music grant. Previously, she was the Project Director on the VSA arts-funded initiative to develop an interdisciplinary arts education program at CUA. Her experience in special education spans 30 years and includes an appointment as Education Program Specialist with USED’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Susan Hostetler

Art Specialist, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, USA

Susan Hostetler teaches school workshops and coordinates youth art programs at The Kreeger Museum. After graduating with a BFA, Hostetler set up a hand papermaking facility in Germany, and a studio in Spain before setting up her New York City studio in the 1990’s. Her work hangs in permanent collections of several institutions including the Federal Reserve Bank, and Readers Digest. She is completing her MAT degree at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Erich Keel

Art Specialist, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, USA

Dr. Erich Keel is Head of Education at The Kreeger Museum. He is responsible for collection research, docent training, and school tours/workshops. He has given public lectures on Impressionism and Surrealism, developed thematic tours for students in 2nd through 8th grades, and conducted educators’ workshops. Before joining the staff of the Kreeger in 1999, he freelanced for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC and worked at the Museum of Modern Art in NY. He earned a PhD from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Michael V. Smith

Music Education Specialist, The Catholic University of America, Washington, USA

Dr. Michael V. Smith is currently chair of the Music Education Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at CUA. He has held similar positions at DePaul University in Chicago, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Prior to this, he taught instrumental, choral and general music for 10 years in the public schools of Topeka, Kansas. He has served as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and consultant throughout the country. He is also the author of journal articles and book chapters on effective mentoring for music teachers, and has developed mentoring programs for numerous associations and organizations. Dr. Smith has also worked with other curriculum development and interdisciplinary arts projects as consultant and for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other organizations.

Andrea Waldock

HASM Project Coordinator, The Catholic University of America, Washington, USA

Andrea Waldock is in her final year of coursework toward a PhD in Education Policy from The Catholic University of America. She holds an MA in Education Policy from The Catholic University of America and a BS in Elementary Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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