Clifford K. Madsen, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music at The Florida State University College of Music, was inducted into the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame at the 2011 In-Service Clinic-Conference held January 12-15 in Tampa, FL. The Florida Music Educators Association promotes the ideals of a quality, comprehensive music education as a part of a complete education for all students; the FMEA Hall of Fame honors individuals for outstanding contributions to music and education over an extended period of time, in Florida and throughout the nation.
A member of the music faculty at FSU since 1961, Dr. Madsen has already received every major national award given in his field. He was the first recipient of the Senior Researcher Award (1988), instituted by the Music Educators National Conference to recognize excellence in music education research. In 2002, Dr. Madsen was inducted by MENC into the first class of Lowell Mason Fellows in recognition for his contributions to the music education profession and was also inducted into MENC’s National Hall of Fame in that same year (an honor limited to less than one-eighth of 1 percent of the organizations’ 75,000+ members). He has received the National Association of Music Therapy Publication Award (1987) and the first Award of Merit (1988), the highest award given by the NAMT. Dr. Madsen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association (2006) and the Outstanding Pioneer Award from the World Federation of Music Therapy (1999) in recognition of developing one of five international models for music therapy based on empirical research. Dr. Madsen’s research focuses on perception and cognition in music and effectiveness of practitioners in both therapeutic and educational settings. Two separate studies have indicated that he is the most prolific and most cited researcher within his field, and at AMTA’s 2010 national conference he was cited for 50 years of research participation.
In addition to these scholarly honors, Dr. Madsen has been recognized for his distinguished service to The Florida State University: first elected to the Faculty Senate in 1965 (and still serving), he was elected President in 1970 and served on the Steering Committee for many years. Dr. Madsen has received the Ross Oglesby Award for outstanding service to students and the University and was named the Daisy Flory Parker Alumni Professor and the Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was also recognized as an Outstanding Mentor when FSU first established this award. Dr. Madsen is also the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music, the highest honor faculty can bestow on a colleague.
Prior to his many achievements at FSU, Dr. Madsen was a professional trumpeter; a director of bands at Helper City Schools in Utah; acting director of the Marching and Concert Bands at Brigham Young University. In 1999 He was awarded the Kappa, Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal for his contributions to bands. He also volunteered as a juvenile court counselor in Tallahassee for 10 years specializing in family, court and learning problems. Dr. Madsen currently serves as the Coordinator of Music Education, Music Therapy, and Contemporary Media at FSU, and continues to consult and present workshops for many private and government organizations.
Congratulations to Dr. Clifford K. Madsen on his induction into the FMEA Hall of Fame!
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