ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University professor Dr. Marcela Faflak presented a workshop about music education in the United States at the J. William Fulbright Commission Center in Prague on July 17.
Faflak, who teaches piano, keyboard literature and piano pedagogy, has been a member of Northern's music faculty since 1996. Her workshop was attended by about 10 music students and professionals interested in American music education.
The event included a general introduction and discussion of basic information about a variety of music degrees and compatibility with the Czech music education system. Participants also requested information on their own unique situations: a few students were interested in Bachelor of Music Education degrees; several graduate students were looking for opportunities for research in American music pedagogy; and a couple of music teachers inquired about opportunities for their students.
All participants were impressed by the description of the music program at NSU – the quality of music and general curriculum, the many hands-on opportunities, variety of ensemble experiences and friendly accommodations.
Sarka Stehnova, an NSU international student from the Czech Republic, also attended the session and shared her very positive personal experience. Stehnova is studying IEP and piano with Dr. Faflak. Richard O'Rourke, NSU international adviser, was also available via Skype during a presentation for additional questions from participants.
Jakub Tesar, a Fulbright Educational Adviser in Prague, also actively participated in the workshop. Tesar was pleased with the interest and expressed a hope for further collaboration, namely presenting NSU – all programs, not just music – at the next International Conference in spring 2016. The International Conference is conducted every two years in Prague to present quality universities to Czech students interested in studying abroad.
Photo: NSU’s Dr. Marcela Faflak, right, discusses music education in the United States with music students and professionals at a workshop at the J. William Fulbright Commission Center in Prague.