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Kasey Dallman ‘14


De Pere, Wis.




Secondary Education

Favorite spot on campus

“The practice rooms in the JAC. I spend so much time in them!”

Kasey Dallman applied to Carthage intending to double-major in elementary education and piano pedagogy. Then, a month before classes started her freshman year, something happened that changed her mind. A pianist since kindergarten, she injured her wrist and needed surgery.

“Up until that point in my life, I had always taken my musical talents for granted,” she said. “The surgery gave me perspective, and I changed my focus of study to music education.”

Now, the Music Department has become a second home for Kasey. “I never dreamed that I would be blessed enough to sit in classes studying what I love with people who are just as passionate about music as I am,” she said. “I have worked under great teachers and mentors, and I have improved so much over these last few years.”

It’s not just what the professors teach; it is much more than that for Kasey.

“The community of the Music Department is overwhelming. All the professors have our best interests at heart, and there is great camaraderie among the students. In other music departments, you hear stories about ugly competition between students, but Carthage isn’t like that. The department is definitely my second family. This year I had to start school late. My first class back, I walked in and my professor started clapping and said, ‘Welcome home, Kasey.’”

After Carthage, music will continue to play a large role in Kasey’s life. “After I graduate, I want to be as active as I can in the music community. My dream job is to teach both general music and beginning string orchestra,” she said. “There is something special to be said about teaching young children who are still excited about learning. I also want to be a violist in a professional symphony and an accompanist.”

Career goal

To teach both general music and beginning string orchestra. “There is something special to be said about teaching young children who are still excited about learning. I also want to be a violist in a professional symphony and an accompanist.”

Favorite professor

“All the professors I have had in the Music Department have been fantastic. However, Dr. Petering stands out. I had him for Music Theory for three of the four classes. Theory can be a very dry subject, but he made it fun. Prof. Jane Livingston is also fantastic. She supports all her students and is always encouraging me.”

Favorite class

“I have enjoyed all the Music Method classes I have taken. In particular String Techniques in Schools taught by Darlene Rivest was a great class. The environment was very relaxed, and I learned a lot. While I knew how to play strings, I didn’t know the pedagogy of teaching string instruments. After taking that class, I feel very comfortable to teach string instruments.”

Toughest class

“Aural Skills. It is the toughest one-credit class. Music majors have to take four of these classes. I was terrified going into the class because I had no experience with ear training or sight singing. It took a lot of outside work to train my brain to work that way, but now I can see how much it helps with my overall musicianship.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments was during my sophomore viola recital. My No. 1 instrument had always been piano, but I had to stop studying it due to problems with the nerves in my arms. During my recital, though, I saw how much support I had in the Music Department and how much I loved performing on the viola.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“My biggest surprise has been how close I am to my professors. Music majors see the same group of professors for lessons, class and rehearsals so we get to know them in very different settings.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Make sure that you want nothing more than to spend your whole day surrounded by music. Many people don’t realize that being a music major is one of the most demanding majors on campus. You have academic classes as well as performance and technique classes, and you have to be a master at both. Don’t get frustrated when your friends only have one or two classes a day and you are in the music building from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Work hard and it will pay off.”  

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Peer-reviewed student and faculty pedagogy projects have been presented at the International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, the International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the International Symposium on the Phenomenon of the Singing Voice, and the Estill World Voice Symposium at Harvard University.

    • Carthage voice faculty and students are active in voice science research, utilizing Voce Vista and Voice Print software in our voice lab setting. Students have presented their projects at regional, national, and international conferences.

    • The Carthage Chamber Music Series brings four internationally renowned ensembles to campus each year to interact with music students. Performers have included Anonymous 4, the Imani Winds, the Deadalus Quartet, the Manhattan Brass, and the Waverly Consort. 

    • Carthage music ensembles have been selected to premiere new and commissioned works, providing our students with meaningful opportunities to collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Stacy Garrop, Patrick Long, Tom Vignieri, and Alex Shapiro.

    • Carthage students have been selected through competitive regional, national, and international auditions for exceptional young artist development programs, such as the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Rocky Ridge Music Festival, and the Open Jar Institute in New York.

    • Carthage voice students are actively involved in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and exceptional Carthage singers have frequently earned state honors in classical and music theatre voice.

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    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …