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Symposium on Music in Schools June 4–7 to focus on music partnerships

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The 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools will take place June 4–7 on the Yale campus. This year, the event will focus on partnerships between public school systems and private music organizations.

Thirty-eight music partnerships from across the United States were selected to participate in the event. Two representatives from each partnership will travel to New Haven to take part in the biennial event. Over the course of four days, those representatives will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.

The Symposium is designed to spark ideas and provoke conversation. Workshops on topical issues in music education will be followed by breakout sessions that will allow participants to explore ideas in depth. An event on Friday, June 5 will feature the Emanio String Quartet in a combination of conversation and performance. MORE

Published June 3, 2015
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Symposium on Music in Schools to reward partnerships June 2015

The Music in Schools Initiative is proud to announce the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards. This year’s Symposium will be held June 4–7, 2015 at Yale University.

This year, the focus of these two activities is on partnership programs between public school music programs and professional music organizations. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the 2015 Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.  MORE

Published November 25, 2014
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Fourth Symposium on Music in Schools to take place June 6–9, 2013

Fifty Yale Distinguished Music Educators Announced

The fourth Symposium on Music in Schools will take place at the Yale School of Music June 6–9, 2013. Supported by the Yale College Class of 1957, the Symposium is a core program of the Music in Schools Initiative honoring outstanding public school music teachers from around the United States. This biennial conference allows Music in Schools to extend its reach beyond the intensive ongoing programs with the New Haven Public Schools, onto a national level.

From a pool of nearly 300 nominees representing 45 states, a panel of music professionals from YSM and NHPS selected this year’s 50 Distinguished Music Educators. The selected educators hail from 32 different states, including the first ever Symposium attendees from Kansas and Mississippi. These music teachers will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, from across the country to attend the four-day symposium.

Workshops and discussions at this year’s symposium will focus around one main theme: The Role of Music in School Reform. The issue of school reform is a hot topic throughout the nation. Between recent programs like the Race to the Top Fund and the Common Core State Standards, districts are in ongoing discussions about what exactly our young students should be learning. Often in recent years, music teachers have been compelled to fight to keep their programs off the chopping block. This year’s Symposium aims to bring attention to the very integral role music can play in school reform.

The four-day event will open with a workshop with Richard Deasy, former director of the Arts Education Partnership, on the history of music’s role in school reform. A panel including Scott Shuler, immediate past president of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), will then deliberate current issues in school reform. David Myers, current director of the University of Minnesota School of Music, and Dantes Rameau ’07MM, co-founder of the Atlanta Music Project, will appear to discuss partnership programs between public schools and music organizations. The 50 teachers will be honored at an awards banquet at the conclusion of the weekend.

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Published March 14, 2013
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Distinguished Music Educators announced for 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools

A workshop at the 2009 Symposium.

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Music Educator Awards.

The Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award is presented biennially by the Yale School of Music to participants in the Symposium on Music in Schools. These awards honor fifty music educators from across the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

This year, 330 educators from 45 U.S. states were nominated to received the award. A panel of music professionals selected fifty teachers, or 15% of all nominees. Three of those selected were nominated by members of the Yale College Class of 1957, which gave its 50th reunion class gift to the School of Music to improve the quality of public education in America.

Distinguished Music Educators at the 2009 Symposium.

As in previous years, the Distinguished Music Educators form a diverse group: they come from thirty different states; teach vocal as well as instrumental music across myriad genres; and work at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in urban, rural, and suburban school districts. The selected educators will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools. They will be joined at the Symposium by the music teachers in the New Haven Public Schools.

This year’s Symposium will feature a keynote address by education journalist John Merrow. Participants will  attend a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and will be invited to a talk by Ma, presented in conjunction with the Silk Road Ensemble by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Congratulations to the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educators: MORE

Published March 11, 2011
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