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UMFK professor Scott Brickman helping to mold future generation of music students

July 29, 2005

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Dr. Scott Brickman, associate professor of music and education and chair of the arts and humanities division at University of Maine at Fort Kent, recently participated in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's Advanced Placement Examinations in music for the College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey.

Each year the Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

Approximately 2.1 million examinations in 19 disciplines were evaluated by over 7,500 readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, these men and women are some of the best high school and college educators in the United States, Canada and abroad.

The Advanced Placement Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.

"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, executive director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Brickman."

When Brickman was at the College of New Jersey, he presented his compositions during the first of two music "Professional Night" colloquia.

Among the compositions Brickman presented were International: Bridge: Peace, a 10 minute electronic piece and Le Voyageur, which was part of the 2004 opening and closing ceremonies for the 2004 Biathlon World cup, both of which feature the vocal talents of UMFK student Samantha Boutot.

Brickman was also recently invited to serve on Raymond Barley's dissertation committee this past spring. Barley is an instructor of music at the Community College of Allegheny County and a graduate student from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Barley is writing his dissertation on the tonality in Finnish Folk Music. Brickman will be supervising the portions of Barley's dissertation that address 20th century analytic techniques, the history of music theory and music theory pedagogy.