University of Iowa News Release
June 6, 2003
Adult Campers Attend All-State Music Camp At The University Of Iowa
For only the second year, the University of Iowa's All-State Music Camp will offer an adult band, for musicians age 21 and older, in addition to the bands, choirs and orchestra for young musicians that for many years have been the traditional offerings of summer music camps.
Like the young campers, the older students will tote their instruments to rehearsal, attend classes and play in a gala final concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in the UI Hancher Auditorium.
Local musician(s) (names and instruments listed below) will attend the camp.
"We are very pleased to offer the adult band," Kevin Kastens, director of the All-State Music Camp, commented. "Music is a life-long avocation, whether one enjoys making music, or just simply listening."
In addition to playing in the adult band, directed by UI music education faculty member Don Coffman, the older participants will have the opportunity to take any of the classes that are offered to the younger campers, including music theory, music appreciation and conducting.
The adult camp grew out of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center New Horizons Band, a program for senior adults that Coffman founded in 1995.
"The Iowa City New Horizons Band was the fourth of its kind in the United States," Coffman explained. "More than 40 students from the school of music have helped me instruct players, and we've tallied more than 400 concerts.
"Based on the success of this program, locally and nationally, I felt it was time to offer a week-long camp experience for adults. While other similar camps exist in various parts of the country, most are for only a few days and do not provide the array of courses that the UI does.
"I'm looking forward to an intensive week of music making with dedicated amateur musicians, and I use the term amateur musician in the best sense of that word -- a lover of music, one who approaches music as serious leisure."
A member of the music education faculty at the University of Iowa, Coffman has more than 20 years of teaching experience spanning all age levels. He currently teaches courses in conducting, methods for teaching instrumental music in schools, psychology of music and techniques for researching and measuring musical behaviors.
An active researcher in life-long learning in music, he is research chair for Iowa's Music Educators Association and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Music Education, published by the Music Educators National Conference. His articles regularly appear in music education research journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music and Psychomusicology.
He holds a master's degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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