Frederick Burrack, director of assessment and professor of music education, has been designated as a Lowell Mason Fellow of the National Association for Music Education. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors. It is designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals and others who have contributed to music education in a unique way. Burrack recently co-chaired a committee of researchers to develop, test and disseminate national assessments for the new National Standards for Music Education. The publication through Rowman and Littlefield will be available in June.
This prestigious award is named for Lowell Mason, considered to be the father of public school music education in the United States. He has been credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools in the 19th century, and with establishing teacher training in music education. In 2002, the importance of his contributions to music education inspired the National Association for Music Education to create the Lowell Mason Fellows award. The association presented the award at the Lowell Mason Fellows induction ceremony on Thursday, March 22, which took place in conjunction with the 2018 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference.