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Michael Buck

Assistant Professor

Through research we know that students often learn best by doing – active learning – and that they construct knowledge from experience. As a teacher of future teachers, I strive to create a classroom environment that places focus on each student as active participant and teacher as facilitator, where mutual hard work, integrity, compassion, respect, competence, enthusiasm and perseverance matter. It follows that the “intersection of knowledge, skill and desire” facilitates meaningful teaching and learning (adapted from Steven Covey). Further, effective teaching, like excellence is “an art won by training and habituation… We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence [effective teaching], then, is not an act but a habit…” (Aristotle).

A music educator for more than twenty years, Michael Buck, PhD has taught band, orchestra, elementary classroom music, adult church choir and university music education courses. Before joining the Augsburg faculty, Dr. Buck served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University, New Orleans, St. Catherine University, St. Paul and in elementary, middle school and high school settings in suburban Minneapolis and at an overseas American international school. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College, VanderCook College and The University of Southern Mississippi.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Buck especially enjoys research and study in music assessment, standards-based instruction, education pedagogy and technology. He has given numerous workshops in the United States and abroad. He loves to travel and has participated in musical activities in Finland, Norway, Italy, Poland and the Virgin Islands as well as New Orleans, Washington DC, Berlin, New Delhi, Karachi, Islamabad, Dhaka and Kathmandu.

Dr. Buck and his wife – an occupational therapist and professional singer – nurture two aspiring musicians and a venerable canine, J. “Sebastian” Buck.