Greetings and welcome to my little part of cyberspace!
I am the recently retired John Beattie Professor of Music Education at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I now hold an Emeritus appointment at Northwestern and work as an educational consultant, researcher, and online instructor. In the Fall of 2013 I will assume an adjunct appointment as Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
I am very interested in children's creative thinking in music and in the appropriate use of music technology for music teaching and learning. I do research and write extensively in these fields as well as offer papers and workshops both nationally and internationally. I continue to play my trumpet as much as time allows and am an avid concert goer and iPad2 user. Click on the links to the right for more biographical information.
My hobbies include sailing, biking and reading novels. I've been known to enjoy a good meal or two in area Chicago eateries before a night of theatre and wouldn't turn down a glass of good Irish or Scotch whiskey and a good cigar.
I distribute upon request: Measures of Creative Thinking in Music II (MCTMII).
Below is a short video clip of portion of the measure and a short description together with the scoring summary page. Contact me directly with your questions.
This is an unedited compilation of writings on the subject of creative thinking in music with focus on child and young adult learners. It is drawn from theoretical, practical, and research-based literature. I try to update this each year.
Please send me information on additions that I have missed which are worthy of inclusion.
Annotated Bibliography on Creative Thinking in Music, K-College (pdf)
This is a descriptive model of creative thinking in music that I have used in recent years to help focus my thinking on important variable groupings that play an important role in the creative thinking process.
Like all models of this sort, I continually revise it. I welcome comment on the design and content.
Creative Thinking in Music Model
This is a listing that David Williams and I maintain which represents some of the most respected music software in use today in North America. This list is revised each year. Let us know what you would add!!
Recommended Music Software for Personal Computers
Experiencing Music Technology (jointly authored with David Williams) Cengage/Schirmer, New York, 2008. (3rd edition UPDATE) (with project-centered website: www.emtbook.net)
Note that this book is now undergoing revision and will be available in a 4th edition later next year.
Samples from complete textbook:
Front material including table of contents
Module III, Viewport 9
Webster, P. (1990). Creativity as creative thinking. Music Educators Journal. 76 (9), May, 1990, pp, 22-28. [Google Scholar rated this article as the #1 most frequently cited article in Music Educators Journal as of June, 2010.]
Webster, P. (2009). Children as Creative Thinkers in Music: Focus on Composition. In: L. Hallam, I. Cross & M. Thaut (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, (pp. 421-428) Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Webster, P. (2007). Computer-based technology and music teaching and learning: 2000-2005. In L. Bresler (ed.), The International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, (1311-1328).Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Webster, P. (2002). Creative thinking in music: Advancing a model. In: T. Sullivan, & L. Willingham, (Eds.), Creativity and music education (pp. 16-33). Edmonton, AB: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
Society for Music Teacher Education, 2011
Status of Doctoral Programs in Music Education
Handout 1 Overview of Presentation
Handout 2 Doctoral Programs by Region in North American
Technology Presentations by Peter Webster with David Williams
TeachMusicTech - creativity through music technology