Elizabeth Bucura, an alumna of the School of Music, has been recognized by the Council for Research in Music Education with the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation "A Social Phenomenological Investigation of Music Teachers Senses of Self, Place, and Practice."
"It feels wonderful to be honored with this award, and especially when I think back on the long, involved process of conducting this research," says Bucura. "My dissertation has set the tone for my research trajectory. I approached it with a broad conception of who music teachers are and what they do, which is leading me toward new projects that involve varied types of music teachers and music learners. This includes community settings, secondary general music classes, students with special needs and very young learners, all of whom may benefit from an exploration and implementation of varied musical teaching and learning traditions."
Bucura will be recognized at a special reception to be held at the National Association for Music Education conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in the spring. Elizabeth is currently on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music.