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Memorial planned for Eunice Meske Boardman, music educator and former director of UW School of Music | August 29, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

The UW Arts Institute and School of Music have forwarded the following:Boardman300

On Aug 24, 2009, Mary Pautz ( mppautz@aol.com ) wrote:

“I  am an alumna of Madison (PhD). I did my work when Eunice Boardman (formerly Eunice Meske) was director and I graduated in 1988. (She is pictured at right in a photo provided by the UW School of Music.)

“I am attempting to reach as many music people (past and present) as I can to let them know that Eunice Boardman died on May 5.

“I flew up from Florida (where I now live) to see her in hospice in February. It was a very touching visit and goodbye. I flew again for her funeral, but felt that a memorial celebration was needed in Wisconsin. So here is the invitation/notice that I am sending out today.

“Hope you can come. (Joan Wildman is playing “Amazing Grace” at the celebration.)”
— Mary Pautz

Here is a statement about Dr. Eunice Boardman (1926 – 2009):

Eunice Boardman was a great influence on music education in Wisconsin.

As chair of the School of Music at UW Madison, she welcomed those attending the annual state music conference each year. An active member of Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Eunice served as research chair on the board of directors and presented numerous sessions on elementary music at the state music conference. Eunice was a recipient of the WMEA Distinguished Service Award. In addition to her service to WMEA, Eunice served on countless commissions and committees for MENC. She also wrote and edited books published by MENC. She was inducted into the MENC Hall of Fame in 2004.

Eunice Boardman is well known nationally and internationally for the Holt music textbooks which she authored as well as for her countless music education workshops presented  throughout the world.boardman2

Barbara Andress, Fred Willman, and Mary Pautz would like to invite all music educators to a celebration of Eunice’s life and legacy to be held at Marcy Elementary School (Hamilton School District, Sussex, Wis.), one of the locations of the long running and highly regarded workshop, “Retreat and Retread.”

The celebration will be Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at 3:00 p.m. Marcy School is located just west of Milwaukee at W180N4851 Marcy Rd., in Menomonee Falls, Wis. If possible, please rsvp to: mppautz@aol.com

Dr. Eunice Boardman was one of the most influential music educators of the 20th century. She was a teacher of teachers and a leader of leaders. Her prolific writing, her years of preparing music teachers and her role in higher education earned her the greatest respect and highest accolades.

Eunice received the highest honor from MENC when she inducted into the MENC Hall of Fame in 2004. She received WI’s highest honor when she was given the WMEA Distinguished Service Award and she was honored by her alma mater, Cornell College, with an honorary doctorate.Boardman

Eunice was the senior author of the highly successful K-8 general music textbooks published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston: (“Exploring Music,” “The Music Book” and “Holt Music.”) Her books, “Musical Growth in the Elementary School,” “Dimensions of Musical Learning and Teaching: A Different Kind of Classroom” are widely used by teachers in the schools and in university classes.

Eunice Boardman was a much sought after clinician, presenting workshops, seminars and lectures at the local, state, national and international level. She was highly respected and revered by her colleagues for her vision, her passion and her energy. Eunice was tireless in promoting her vision of how children learn known as “The Generative Approach to Music Learning.”

Eunice Boardman shattered glass ceilings … challenged us to do more than we thought we could .. led by example…invited and opened doors.

She was a wonderful teacher, a superb mentor, a great adviser and a dear friend! There was only ONE Eunice!

Do you have memories of Eunice Boardman you would like to share?

Comments you would like to make?

Plans to attend her memorial?


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