Lehmberg Honored as Distinguished Arts Education Advocate

Lisa J. Lehmberg
Lisa J. Lehmberg

Lisa J. Lehmberg, associate professor of music education, has been selected as the Distinguished Arts Education Advocate in Music by Arts|Learning, a prominent arts advocacy group.

Each year, the organization recognizes arts educators in the disciplines of music, dance, media, theater and visual arts for their leadership in advocating for their chosen discipline and arts education in general, for their superior teaching skills and for their efforts in creating model arts programs and partnerships. 

Lehmberg received the award based on her work to prepare college students to teach music in Massachusetts over the past eleven years. “Thousands of school children across the Commonwealth have benefitted from her efforts to equip student teachers with the skills, ideas and sensitivities they need to provide outstanding music education experiences to all of their students,” according to the Arts|Learning website.

Lehmberg is author of the book “The Challenges and Rewards of Urban Teaching: Six Elementary Music Teachers' Perceptions of Effective Teaching and Pre-Service Preparation for Urban Classrooms.” More recently, Lehmberg co-authored a book with C. Victor Fung titled “Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens,” which was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. The book presents an exploration of the impact of musical experiences on the quality of life of senior citizens, and charts a new direction in the facilitation of the musical lives of people of all ages. 

Lehmberg has also authored journal articles and book chapters in numerous National Association for Music Education publications, and has presented at many national and international conferences held by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the International Society for Music Education, the College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the National Multicultural Music Symposia, among others.

Lehmberg will receive her award on Oct. 16 at the Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards hosted by Arts|Learning in Framingham, Mass.