This essay concerns the educational legacy of Professor Lenore (Lee) Pogonowski, who passed away in early 2022 after a long career of teaching music education at Teachers College Columbia University. In this manuscript, I discuss the instructional design model that Lee Pogonowski called the “creative music strategy.” Her greatest achievement, most will agree, was her ability to inspire creativity while modeling the implementation of this instructional model. Pogonowski’s beliefs about the ineffability of the creative classroom aligned with her refusal to fix its instructional processes through the inherent linearity of the printed word. She did, however, leave her university students with many unpublished artifacts that reveal her commitment to creative, student-centered, open-ended, and critical approaches to teaching music. In this essay, I examine some of these artifacts and give context to their realization. There is an art to this kind of instructional design, I conclude, one that is mimetic of the very act of doing and making music. Lee inhabited the art of teaching, indeed instruction.
Allsup, Randall Everett
"Lee Pogonowski and the Art of Instruction,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 43, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol43/iss1/4