The National Organization for Women (NOW) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville awarded Dr. Catherine Ming Tu as the Person of the Year for 2017.
The TAMUK’s NOW organization is part of a national organization that has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters.
Members have the opportunity of deciding on issues that matter most to them and work on creating a change.
Tu is an Assistant Professor of Music Education. She teaches to become knowledgeable music teachers. Tu is very passionate about the early development of music learning in toddlers and children, a feeling she hopes to implement to her college students.
“My passion is seeing my students change in their behavior from a freshman who just graduated and has no clue what education means. I enjoy seeing them change their attitude towards teaching and have them really work on the skills and attitudes of professionalism.” Tu said.
Aside from teaching college students, Tu works closely with newborns and children under the age of 12 at the Javelina Music Play.
The program is designed to help children develop music skills through social interactive music activities such as singing, chanting and movement.
Children who attend the program have higher music aptitudes and develop long-term music skills that help them have a greater appreciation of music.
This is the 3rd time the NOW Person of the Year has been awarded. When Tu first heard that she won the award, she was relatively surprised, but was honored to have been chosen. Tu summarized her work as being the result of years of teaching, researching, and, and contributing to the community.
Tu has a goal of introducing music to children throughout the Kingsville area. She believes that there should be a greater emphasize on music for children in elementary schools.
“Music is a strong force. It’s a special force that will help children develop their intelligence and become holistic people.” Tu explained.
Her research has been featured in Research Perspectives in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. Her hope is to give equal opportunity for all early childhood students.