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Name : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramona Mohd Tahir
Position : Dean
Email : rtahirr@salam.uitm.edu.my ; ramonatahir@gmail.com
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Research Area:

Philosophy of music education, music education and Islam, curriculum development, music teacher training

Program:

Music Education

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, June 1996.
  • Master of Music (Music Education), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1987.
  • Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary Education), Ohio University, 1987.
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Ohio University, 1986.
  • Diploma in Translation (Malaysian Association for Translators).

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor with the Department of Music Education, Faculty of Music, 2006-present.
  • Associate Professor with the Department of Music Education, Faculty of Education, 1999-2006.
  • Senior Lecturer with ITM’s Music Department, School of Art & Design, 1987-1999.
  • Assistant Choirmaster and pianist, Suara MAS Kuala Lumpur, a children’s choir jointly sponsored by Malaysia Airlines and the City Hall of Kuala Lumpur, 1988-1992.

Journal Publications:

  • “A Perspective of the Major Issues on Music in Islam and their Implications for Music Education in Malaysia” in Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, Vol. 38 no. 1, 4-17, 2013.
  • “Preservice Music Teachers’ Perceptions of the Teaching and Learning of Music” in Gendang Alam, Vol 1, 39-58, 2010.
  • “Music and Music Education in Malaysia: A State of Affairs” in The 8thInternational Scientific and Practical Conference proceedings, Music Pedagogical Education Between the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Moscow – Khanty-Mansysck: Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2004.
  • “New Dimension in Historical Research: Potentials for Music Education” in Inti: Jurnal Perintis Pendidikan Seni Lukis dan Seni Reka, Vol. 14 No.1, Jan/Jun 2004.
  • “Pendidikan Muzik di Malaysia” in Wacana Seni: Journal of Arts Discourse,

Vol. 2, 2003.

  • “Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Music as a Motivating Factor In Learning” (joint research), Suara Pendidik Vol 23 No. 1/2, 2001.

Book Publications:

  • Mohd. Tahir, Ramona.  Editor (with Mohd Nizam Nasrifan).  2007. Koleksi Lagu-Lagu Koir.  Shah Alam: Persatuan Pendidikan Muzik Malaysia (MAME).
  • Sims, Wendy L. and Tahir, Ramona.  Editors.  2006.   27th International Society for Music Education World Conference Proceedings.  Perth, W.A: ISME.
  • Mohd. Tahir, Ramona.  Editor (with Chan Cheong Jan et al).  2006. Perspectives of Music Education in Malaysia.  Shah Alam: University Publication Centre (UPENA), Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Book Chapters:

  • “Students’ Perceptions of Effective Music Teaching Behaviors” (with  Shahanum Mohd Shah).  In Reflections and Aspirations: Enhancing Teaching and Learning.  Feschrift for Prof. Dr. Hazadiah Mohd. Dahan, InCULT 2004.  Shah Alam: Faculty of Education, UiTM, 2004.
    • “Music Teacher Training Programs in Malaysia: Snapshots and Reflections of the Current Scenario” (with Ghaziah Mohd Ghazali).  In Perspectives of Music Education in Malaysia.  Shah Alam: University Publication Centre (UPENA), Universiti Teknologi MARA.
    • “Music and Islam: Thematic Overview of Major Issues and Implications for Music Education in Malaysia”.  In Perspectives of Music Education in Malaysia.  Shah Alam: University Publication Centre (UPENA), Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Presentations:

  • Panelist, Forum “Rhythm of the Humanities” at the International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences 2014.  Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Malaysia: An Introduction to Music and Music Education” at the Global Network For Higher Music Education (GLOMUS) camp 2013, Tanzania, Africa 2013.
  • Keynote Presenter, International Kodály Symposium 2011, Brisbane Australia, 2011
  • Keynote speaker, “Music Education and Islam: Issues, Challenges, and the Way Forward for Malaysia”.  The National Music Education Conference of China.  China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, 2009.
  • Presenter, “Professional Development Needs of Malaysian Primary School Music Teachers” (with Nik Rozalind Nik Hassan).  The 28thInternational Society for Music Education conference (ISME2008), Bologna, Italy, 2008.
  • Panel,“Music Education: East Meets West”. The 6th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (APSMER2007). University of Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007.
  • Presenter, “Vocal Pedagogy for Young Singers”.  The 5th Young Singers Choral Festival.  Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, 2007.
  • Plenary speaker, “Music and Music Education in the Malaysian Context”, 4th Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education conference, Maputo, Mozambique, 2005.
  • Panel, Malaysian National Music Education Conference, PWTC Kuala Lumpur, 2002.

Conference Papers:

  • Presenter, “Persepsi Masyarakat dan Hubungannya Dengan Perkembangan Pendidikan Kesenian Negara”, Halatuju Sekolah Seni Seminar, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 2013, May 29-30 May.
  • Presenter, Traditional Music and Music Education in Malaysia: An Overview at the 2nd Forum on ASEAN Traditional Music and Dance for Music Teachers organized by the Department of Culture Promotion Ministry of Culture Thailand, SEAMEO SPAFA and the Thailand Music Educators Association (TMEA), Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok Thailand, 2012, May 7-13.
  • Joint Presentation,  Ahmad Rithaudin Mohd Noor and Ramona Mohd. Tahir.  “Adjudicating Choir Competitions: Best Practices for Malaysian Schools” at the 4th Malaysian Music Education Conference, UPSI, (2012, February 15-17)
  • Joint  Paper, Ghaziah Mohd Ghazali, Phang Kong Chien & Ramona Mohd Tahir. “Malaysian music teachers and practitioners' attitudes toward the application of the Kodály Method in the teaching and learning of music”. Proceedings of the UiTM International Music Conference. 2009, October 19-20.
  • Presenter “Music Educators’ Perspectives on the Present and Desired Future States of Music Education in Malaysia”, Malaysian Music Education Conference MusEd’05, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 2005.
  • “Ethnography as an Alternative Means of Knowing: The Story of Sarah”, 2nd Qualitative Research Convention, University Malaya, 2003.
  • “Music and Islam: A Thematic Overview of Major Issues and Implications for Music Education in Malaysia”, Malaysian Music Education Conference 2003.
  • “What Knowledges are Most Needed by a Malaysian Music Teacher?: A Review of the Present Status of Music Teacher Training in Malaysia”, The Inaugural UPSI International Teacher Education Conference, 2002.
  • “Adolescents’ Attitudes  Toward Music as a Motivating Factor in  Learning” (with Shahanum Mohd Shah). International Seminar on Learning & Motivation, Penang, 2001
  • “Qualitative Research in Action: Case Study of “Musical Experience From an Islamic Perspective: Implications for Music Education in Malaysia”, Qualitative Research Convention, University Malaya, 2001.
    • “Program Pendidikan Bagi Guru-Guru Seni Muzik: Prospek dan Cabaran Abad ke 21”, National Seminar on Teacher Education, Sabah, 2000.

 

Research Grants:

FRGS Research Grant Scheme Phase  01/2010. Tajuk Projek: A Basic Study of the Music of the Negrito Batek Tribe.  Total Allocation : RM40,000.  Member.

 

Awards:

  • Australian High Commission Cultural Grant  for 3-week visit to music organizations/institutions in Australia, 1993.
  • UiTM Staff Scholarship (PhD). 1993 – 1996.
  • Excellence Service Award UiTM (1990, 2005 and 2012).
  • Fully Residential School Special Award for 2010 by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, 2011.

Educational Leadership:

  • Chair of organizing committee and group leader, performance ofMalaysian Traditional Music in 4 Genres at the University of Cambridge, University of Middlesex, and Malaysian High Commission, United Kingdom, 2012.
  • Editorial Board, Malaysian Music Journal, 2012 – present.
  • Reviewer, Malaysian Music Journal, 2011 – 2012.
  • Chair, Music Panel (MusPan) - Majlis Pemimpin Akademik Muzik IPTA, 2011 – present.
  • Board member, International Society for Music Education (ISME), 2010 – 2012.
  • Chair, Conferences Standing Committee, International Society for Music Education (ISME), 2008 – 2011.
  • Board member, Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (APSMER), 2007 – present.
  • Joint Chairperson, Organizing Committee of A Seminar on the Kodály Method organized by UiTM Faculty of Music and The Young Choral Academy in collaboration with the International Kodály Society, Hungary, 2009.
  • Chair, Conference Organizing Group of the 27th International Society for Music Education world conference in Kuala Lumpur (ISME 2006).
  • Founding Member and Secretary-General, Malaysian Association for Music Education, 2001 – 2007.
  • Executive Committee, Malaysian Association for Music Education, 2007 – 2008.
  • Board of Governors, Yamaha Music School, Malaysia, 2003-present.
  • International Advisory Committee Member, the First Southeast Asian Congress of Music Therapy (SEAMT2009), 2009 - present.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Administrative Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 2009 - present.
  • Institutional Member, Organizing Committee of the Malaysian National Music Education Conference (MusEd’02 and MusEd’05).
  • Chair, Organizing Committee of the Malaysian Music Education Conference        (MusEd’03).
  • Chair, Organizing Committee of Wacana Pendidikan Seni Muzik dan Islam, jointly organized by Department of Music Education (UiTM),Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor, Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 9, and the Malaysian Association for Music Education, 2004.
  • Head of Malaysian Delegation to the 26th International Society for Music Education world conference in Tenerife, The Canary Islands, 2004.
  • Committee Member, Formation of Concept Paper for Ministry of Education’s Annual Concert, 2001 – 2003.
  • Panel/Presenter, EXPO Muzik 2002 – Festival of Music, Kuala Lumpur, 2002.
  • Producer/Chair of Organizing Committee for Royal Recital: A Journey of Songs, MTC Hall, Kuala Lumpur, 2002.
  • Producer/Chair of Organizing Committee for An Evening of Voice, The British Council Hall, Kuala Lumpur, 2002.
  • Joint Chair, Launching of SIFE Malaysia (Students in Free Enterprise), 2000.

Others:

  • Panel Postgraduate Program Auditor and Secretary, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), March 2013 – present.
  • Panel Evaluator (Panel Penilai), Field of Social Sciences and Professional Arts, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), July 1998 - present.  (evaluating music programs offered by ICOM, UCSI, Ocean Institute of Audio Technology, Institut Seni Sabah, Twintech University College, etc).
  • Advisor, Ministry of Education’s Fully Residential and Cluster Schools Division’s Wind Orchestra Finale  and Preliminary Competitions, 2005 – present.
  • Committee, transformation of the primary school music curriculum, Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education, 2009 – present.
  • Jury, 4th Roland Piano Festival, 2011.
  • Jury, Short & Sweet Malaysia 2011, klpac, 2011.
  • Steering Committee for the Arts School (Sekolah Seni), Sports and Physical Education Department, Ministry of Education, 2008 – 2011.
  • Institutional Academic Auditor and Secretary to Cluster 13 (auditing AIMST, IMU, CUCMS, Masterskill University College), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), 2009 – 2011.