STate education specialist in music
Perpich Center’s Music Education Specialist serves the work of Minnesota music educators and administrators through dynamic face-to-face and online workshops, consultation, and professional development customized to school or district needs.
Michael Buck, PhD, is Minnesota’s Music Education Specialist. Currently, a major part of his work centers around implementation of the 2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Music. Along with the new standards and benchmarks, Buck actively engages in many related topics including:
- Standards-based grading
- Curriculum mapping
- Create – Perform – Respond – Connect strands of the standards
- Assessment in the music room
- Student retention in ensembles
- Culturally relevant teaching
- Student choice and voice
- Core literacy through music
You can expect a rigorous, yet pragmatic, approach to your questions and requests.
Michael Buck, phD, music education specialist
Michael.Buck@pcae.k12.mn.us | 763-279-4285
Michael Buck, PhD currently serves as the Music Education Specialist for Perpich Center for Arts Education and Director of the Norseman Band at St. Olaf College. Previously, Dr. Buck held higher education posts at The College of St. Scholastica and Augsburg University.
Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Buck served over twenty years as a K-12 instrumental music educator in Minnesota and in two overseas American international schools.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Buck has enjoyed making music in numerous groups including church choir, community choir, barbershop choir, brass band, community band, community orchestra, brass quintet, and an acapella vocal sextet.
Dr. Buck has presented peer-reviewed research projects and workshops in local, regional, national, and international settings. His work includes appearances at the International Symposium of Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), the International Society for Music Education/European Association for Music in Schools (ISME/EAS), Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), the South Asia International Schools Association (SAISA), the College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction (CMS/ATMI), the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) and Perpich Center for Arts Education.
Dr. Buck’s professional areas of expertise include assessment/evaluation, teaching/learning pedagogy, music curriculum development, brain research on music, and music technology.
An active band and orchestra clinician, Dr. Buck has led numerous festivals and workshops, and is a frequent guest conductor of regional and conference festivals.
Dr. Buck’s leadership roles include chair of the Minnesota chapter of the College Band Directors National Association (MN CBDNA), MMEA Band Vice President, MMEA All-State Band and Orchestra section coach, and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony section coach (GTCYS).
Dr. Buck holds degrees in music education and conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, VanderCook College of Music, and St. Olaf College.