Greetings and welcome to my little part of cyberspace!
I am a Scholar-in-Residence at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I retired in 2012 as a professor emeritus from the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to that I was a professor in the music department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I am very fortunate to have an opportunity to serve the Thornton School here in Los Angeles. I teach in the Music Teaching and Learning Department and serve as the Vice Dean of Scholarly and Professional Studies. If your travels take you to this beautiful part of the world, please contact me for a visit.
I study children's creative thinking in music and the appropriate use of music technology for music teaching and learning. I do research and write extensively in these fields as well as offer papers and workshops both nationally and internationally. I continue to play my trumpet as much as time allows and am an avid concert goer and computer user. A more completel resume can be found by following the link to the right.
My hobbies include boating (my wife and I live on a beautiful 53' Selene Trawler in Marina del Rey), biking and reading novels. I've been known to enjoy a good meal or two in the westside of Los Angeles before a night of theatre and wouldn't turn down a glass of good Irish or Scotch whiskey and perhaps an occasional good cigar.
Below find links to sample publications, presentations, and projects. Under projects too you will find my Measure of Creative Thinking in Music-II which I distribute freely for those that are interested in using it for assessment work with younger children.
For those interested in music technology work, you might visit http://www.emtbook.net/, a site for the text that David B. Williams and I jointly author.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, July, 2017
Keynote Presentation Slides and Readings (Thursday) pdf
Workshop Session Handout (Friday) pdf
Creative Thinkin in Music: Preparing Teachers
Presentation at the 2017 Desert Skies Conference, February 23, 2017
Technology Presentations by Peter R. Webster with David B. Williams
ATMI/CMS Conference Presenetations from 2010-2015
PDFof slides (Under the Resources Tab)
CMS Presentations on the Contemporary Music Project and The Task Force Report on Undergraduate Education in Music
Webster Presentation (PDF of Slides) and Reference Handout
Brian Weidner Site for Comprehensive Musicianship Prepared for Panel Presentation Prior to Webster Talk
University of Delaware, October 2015
University of Illinois, May, 2015
Polymathic Thinking and Music Teaching and Learning
Encouraging Creative Thinking/CMS Report
RIME 2015, April
ISME, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July, 2014
Adult Creativeness and Music (NAMM Grant) Survey Analysis
Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture, Indiana University, 2014
New Directions in Music Teaching and Learning: Vision 2020
New Directions in Music Teaching and Learnin
Stamps Lecture, University of Miami, Frost School of Muisc, April 2013
Society for Music Teacher Education, September 2013
Status of Doctoral Programs in Music Education
A joint presentation by Joanne Rutkowski and Jason Gosset (Penn State) and myself
Also available for Mac, iPad, and iPhone as an Apple iBook under the same title
Link to the iBook App
Webster, P. (1990). Creativity as creative thinking. Music Educators Journal. 76 (9), May, 1990, pp, 22-28. [Google Scholar rated this article as the #1 most frequently cited article in Music Educators Journal as of June, 2010.]
Webster, P. (2009). Children as Creative Thinkers in Music: Focus on Composition. In: L. Hallam, I. Cross & M. Thaut (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, (pp. 421-428) Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Webster, P. (2007). Computer-based technology and music teaching and learning: 2000-2005. In L. Bresler (ed.), The International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, (1311-1328).Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Webster, P. (2002). Creative thinking in music: Advancing a model. In: T. Sullivan, & L. Willingham, (Eds.), Creativity and music education (pp. 16-33). Edmonton, AB: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
I distribute freely: Measures of Creative Thinking in Music II (MCTMII).
Below is a kit of materials for your use. Please contact me directly for more information and for permission to use the measure in published research.
This is a descriptive model of creative thinking in music that I have used in recent years to help focus my thinking on important variable groupings that play an important role in the creative thinking process.
Like all models of this sort, I continually revise it. I welcome comment on the design and content.
Creative Thinking in Music Model