Richard Carr


This article is a memoir of the author’s experience studying music education at Teachers College Columbia University with Professor Lenore Pogonowski in the mid 1990s. The author completed four years of study at that institution earning an MA. Ed.M., and an Ed.D. He was also a teaching artist for the Creative Arts Laboratory, a US government funded program headed by Dr. Pogonowski, during that time. Professor Pogonowski had a profound impact on the author’s teaching practice during the ensuing decades. In his interactions with other music educators, he was surprised to learn how many of them were trained in a completely different paradigm. The author describes his own use of metacognition, critical thinking, and improvisation in the classroom.