Michael Allen, Professor of Music Education at The Florida State University and co-author of "Essential Elements for Strings" died on Wednesday August 25, 2010. He was 55.
Dr. Allen received a bachelor's degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Music Education from The University of North Texas. He began his teaching career in the public schools of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Following a graduate fellowship from The University of North Texas, he served as string coordinator for the Denton Independent School District (Texas) for eight years. He was appointed to the FSU faculty in 1993. He also served as Coordinator, Director, and Conductor of The FSU String Orchestra Camp. He was named the Florida Music Educators Association College Music Educator of the Year and earned a Citation for Leadership and Merit from the American String Teachers Association.
Dr. Allen is widely published and served as Editor in Chief of The Florida Music Director as well as Editor for the national publication The String Research Journal. He conducted honor orchestras throughout the United States and presented string workshops at all of the major music education conferences both nationally and internationally.
Michael Allen was a Master Teacher. He was able to inspire people to become better teachers, musicians, and human beings. Dr. Allen taught patience, kindness, love of teaching, love of music, and integrity. Generations of teachers and students will be forever impacted by his lifelong work.
Michael Allen was a loving husband and devoted father and is survived by his wife Terice Diann Allen; Children Christopher Lee Allen and Matthew Kendall Allen; Mother Mae Young Allen; and Sister Jean Allen Harvey.
He is preceded in death by an infant son Jonathan Michael Allen and father Edgar Lee Allen.
Services will be held at Culley's Meadowwood Funeral Home 700 Timberlane Road(850) 893-4177 in Tallahassee on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm EDT with visitation beginning at 12:00 pm in the Chapel.Burial will follow in the MeadowWood Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Dr. Michael L. Allen Summer Orchestra Camp Scholarship Fund" at 2305 Kilkenny Drive West, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home in Tallahasee, FL.