Associate Dean for Arts Education Appointed at University of Texas at Austin’s College of Fine Arts

Aug. 21, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Hunter March, professor of music education in the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed associate dean for arts education in the College of Fine Arts, effective Sept. 1.

Statewide and national leadership in arts education research and teaching, with an emphasis on teacher training, is one of four core objectives in the College of Fine Arts' mission and strategic plan. The newly created deanship and this appointment reflect the college's commitment to making fine arts education and teacher training a daily priority.

March has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music education in the Butler School of Music for 31 years, and has been the graduate adviser in the music school for 17 years. He is also author of three music textbooks published by Silver Burdett Ginn, which have been adopted in Texas and are widely used throughout the United States. He has held leadership roles as an officer of the Music Educators National Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association. March has presented workshops for public schools throughout the United States at national, state and regional conferences, and for the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools. He been chair of the Society for General Music and vice president of the Texas Music Educators Association.

"Professor March is eminently well-qualified to fill this deanship," said Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Arts education is a vital part of the college's public service to the State of Texas. Arguably, it's the most urgent commitment we can make to perpetuating the art forms and disciplines to which the College of Fine Arts is dedicated."

March was inspired by the education reform movement of the 1960s and began his career as an award-winning middle school teacher in the schools of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. While teaching in the Ann Arbor public schools, his choirs performed for the Music Educators National Conference and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and the University of Michigan choirs. He was recognized as the statewide Music Teacher of the Year and has more recently received The University of Texas at Austin's College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award.

"I am excited about Dean Dempster's commitment to fine arts education studies and share his vision for The University of Texas at Austin's College of Fine Arts becoming a leading national center in fine arts teacher education," said March. "I'm honored and thrilled to accept this new position and greatly look forward to working with our talented education faculty as we journey toward realizing this magnificent mandate together."

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.

4 Comments to "Associate Dean for Arts Education Appointed at University of Texas at Austin’s College of Fine Arts"

1.  Diane Weber said on Aug. 27, 2009

Well, congratulations. My son is a 2008 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and an Olympic athlete. He has an incredible sister who is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and now designs for JCrew including the sweaters that Michele Obama has been seen wearing since becoming First Lady. This includes the beautiful sequin sweater for the G-8 Conference. She is interested in teaching and is wondering what further education she would need to teach fashion design at the university. Any help you could give would be wonderful and much appreciated. Thanks and be well. Diane Weber, proud mother of two great kids.

2.  Tammy Johnson said on Aug. 27, 2009

Congratulations. My daughter is a graduate of the College Fine Arts. She loved The University of Texas at Austin and the city of Austin. She is a 2006 graduate, and she was an honors student for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and top 2 percent in her class. Her experience there was beyond great. As parents, our experience was great as well, for we traveled to see every installation she had. She still lives in Austin, but can't find a job in her field. What would your suggestions be for her? She is a talented and wonderful sculptor. Any advice would be wonderful. Best of luck to you! Thanks for your time, Tammy Johnson

3.  Alicia Wappel said on Aug. 27, 2009

Congratulations on your accomplishments and promotion! I have a daughter in the Butler School of music. She is becoming a fine young lady and accomplished musician thanks to dedicated educators like you. Thank you for your passion for quality music education.

4.  Lauren Miller said on Aug. 28, 2009

Congrats, Dr. March! Your classes were some of the most interesting and insightful (not to mention useful!) classes of our college careers, and I hope you continue to inspire students like us in your new position. I am now directing the intermediate school choir in Angleton, Texas, and I am so glad I saved all my notes from our time with you! Thanks for everything.