College of Music Graduate Receives Fulbright Study Abroad Research Grant

Choral Music Education Major Frances Falling to Study Youth Choirs in Germany

 
Ten recent Florida State University graduates will study or teach English around the world during the 2015-2016 academic year as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. One of those fortunate individuals is recent College of Music graduate, France Falling (BME Choral Music Education, 2014).

According to their website, the Fulbright Student Program “Offers grants for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.”

Falling, 23, from Melbourne, Fla., received a study grant to conduct research on three youth choirs in Germany. Falling graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in choral music education and environmental studies.

“In my field research, I will spend a significant amount of time with each choir — listening, observing and conducting interviews. With new generations becoming more globally focused and engaged, it raises the question of how cultures can possibly retain their specialness. One answer to that is to listen to what their children are singing.”

 

The full list of FSU Fulbright recipients and information about their projects can be found online at http://news.fsu.edu/Top-Stories/Ten-Florida-State-graduates-to-spend-year-abroad-with-Fulbright-grants