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Yale announces 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools

Teachers register for the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the second biannual Symposium on Music in Schools for June 10-11, 2009.  Sponsored by the Yale College Class of 1957 and the Yale School of Music, the Symposium is part of the Music in Schools project, initiated by the Class of ’57 in honor of their 50th reunion in 2007.

Once again, the Symposium will bring together approximately fifty teachers from around the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching music in public schools.  This year’s Distinguished Music Educators will convene in New Haven to discuss vital issues in music education and participate in skill-building workshops.

The Yale School of Music is currently accepting nominations of distinguished music educators in public schools.  A nomination form is available for download here (please click on "Symposium").  All nominations must be received by  February 19, 2009.  A panel will review all nominations, considering professional accomplishments, respect of peers, classroom experience, and any supporting materials.  The panel wishes to identify teachers who are truly transforming the lives of their students.

The selected music educators will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, for the 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools.  Events begin on June 10 with a welcome dinner, which will include a keynote address as well as a ceremony to recognize the teacher honorees.  Sessions on June 11 will focus on two topics:
(1) Linking Music to the General Classroom
(2) Is El Sistema, Venezuela’s famous music education program, adaptable in the US?

In addition to facilitated discussions on these topics, participating teachers will attend workshops presented by selected alumni from the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools.