Dan Trahey '03MM returned to the School of Music this week to present at the Symposium on Music in Schools. Currently the program manager for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ORCHKids education initiative, as well as a music teacher mentor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music, he joined with Larry Friend and Bob Capanna to talk about El Sistema, Venezuela's uniquely comprehensive music education system. Capanna, executive director of the Settlement Music School, is a 2008 recipient of a National Medal of Arts and the National Service Award of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Friend, the coordinator of visual and performing arts for Baltimore City Public Schools, is currently crafting the district's Blueprint for Arts Education.
Check back for video reports from the Symposium's discussion groups, in which music educators from around the country gathered in small groups to examine the topics at hand.
Trahey is on his way to Venezuela to study El Sistema in greater depth. Follow his experiences on his blog.