9:31 a.m., April 24, 2009----Suzanne Burton, associate professor of music education at the University of Delaware, is a music educator for all ages, from infants to graduate students.
At its concert, Friday, May 15, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra is celebrating music educators and is honoring Burton as the Jessie B. DuPont Music Educator of the Year.
“I am very excited and honored to be selected for the award,” Burton said. “What is humbling is that students, colleagues, area music teachers, and alums wrote nominating letters to the award committee recommending me.”
At UD, Burton teaches undergraduate music education majors and also teaches graduate students, who are music teachers themselves. She is involved in early childhood music education for children from infancy to age five through UD's Community Music School and also is involved in ProjectMUSIC, which brings UD student and Delaware Symphony musicians to perform in concerts in local schools.
In addition, Burton serves as chairperson of the Education Commission of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and holds leadership positions in music education organizations. She has published widely in her field and serves as editor of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association's publication, Perspectives and is on the editorial review board of Visions of Research in Music Education.
A graduate of Spring Arbor University, Burton has master's and doctoral degrees in music education from Michigan State University.
Burton joins Robert Streckfuss, professor of music, and Brian Stone, assistant professor of music and director of the UD orchestra, who are past winners of the prestigious award.
Article by Sue Moncure