Remembering U of M School of Music Professor Paul Haack
We are saddened to share that Paul Haack, our treasured colleague and nationally recognized figure in the field of music education, has passed away. His enormous contributions to music education and administration, and his reputation as a rigorous scholar and caring and gentle teacher will assure his continuing presence in our hearts and minds. Funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday, May 2 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, MN. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and mass will take place at 11 a.m.
In 1988, Haack joined the faculty at the the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he served as head of the Music Education/Music Therapy Division for 15 years. His teaching fields included instrumental, general music, and related arts methods and the psychology, sociology, and aesthetics of music. He retired in 2007.
In 2002, Haack was inaugurated into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to the organization and the field of music education.
In addition to serving on a variety of national commissions, committees, and editorial boards, Professor Haack was coauthor of Principles and Processes of Music Education and published several textbook chapters and over 150 articles in professional journals. He served on the steering committee of the International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR).
"For Paul, his work life has been about service to his students, his colleagues, his universities, and his profession. Each of these constituencies has benefited from his gentle and wise guidance. He was a gentleman and a gentle-man, treating each person with grace and dignity. While many would argue that Paul Haack's greatest contributions to music education have come through his many books, chapters, and articles, he would argue that his most important work was with students. In each class that he taught or seminar he gave, he created learning moments with musical examples, dry wit and extensive knowledge of music and music learning. In his work with students he displayed a never-ending supply of patience, a focus on student strengths, and eye on writing detail and a breadth of knowledge that brought out the best in each advisee." -Keitha Hamann, Associate Professor of Music Education.