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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.

The 2017 Symposium on Music in Schools will take place at the Yale School of Music June 15-17, 2017. As part of the Symposium, the School will present its 2017 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards. Ten awardees from city school districts were identified and nominated in partnership with the National Association for Music Education and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Awardees were selected in recognition of their innovative approaches to music education, their dedication to their urban communities, and their unwavering desire to make a substantial difference in the lives of students and families. Recipients of the 2017 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards have been invited to New Haven to attend this year’s Symposium, which will focus on the role that music-making plays in America’s city schools.

The 2017 Symposium will mark 10 years since the Music in Schools Initiative was officially launched. The Music in Schools Initiative was made possible by an endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957. The Initiative includes a partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, the biennial Symposium on Music in Schools, and a visiting professorship.

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