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 Symposium on Music in Schools is held once every two years at the Yale School of Music as part of the Music in Schools Initiative. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the Symposium brings together distinguished music teachers and professional musicians from around the country. The participants are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Participants are invited to travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the Symposium. For four days in June, the distinguished music educators and professional musicians convene to participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, and other events. They are joined by our local New Haven Public School music teachers. Discussions focus on pressing issues in the field of music education.

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.