Wis contributes to new book about the musical experience

Sep 05, 2014

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, is a contributing author to “The Musical Experience: Rethinking Music Teaching and Learning.” Edited by Janet R. Barrett and Peter R. Webster, the book was released in August by Oxford University Press. All the contributing authors are current scholars or fellows of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience at Northwestern University.

Wis’ chapter is titled “Reframing Leadership and the Musical Experience: The Conductor as Servant Leader.” She takes a new look at the evolving role of the musical conductor in light of changing views of hierarchical vs. collaborative leadership. This has been an area of research for Wis for nearly 20 years and is the basis for her book, “The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium.”

Wis has been a North Central faculty member since 1994. She earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois, her M.M. from Northern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.