Past Symposia

Learn more about the discussion topics and formats of previous years.

Special Thanks

These programs are made possible by an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957.


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Symposium on Music in Schools

The Biennial Symposium on Music in Schools provides a national forum for the discussion of the role that music and music teaching plays in the development of communities. Participants are invited to travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the Symposium, and participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, and other events. The Symposium culminates in the presentation of Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet. This event features a keynote address by a guest speaker.

In the past two Symposia, the focus has been on the role of partnerships in placing music at the center of educational efforts. In 2015, 38 partnerships, each represented by one full-time certified music teacher and one music organization leader, came to New Haven for three days of intensive discussions on how local partnerships can enhance education for children.

In future years, the Symposium will allow the Music in Schools Initiative to expand the reach of its values of mentorship, active music-making, and the importance of full-time certified music teachers to many more leaders of education in settings around the country.