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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.

Guest speakers include Joanne Lipman, Dee Hansen, Jaclyn Rudderow, and Leah Wilson, as well as YSM faculty Thomas C. Duffy, Sebastian Ruth, and David Lang.

Sebastian Ruth, a MacArthur Fellow who is the founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, will present a workshop on "Music, Education, and Democracy: Possibilities for Our Shared World." The talk will share perspectives and questions from his work in music performance and education in a community context.

Joanne Lipman, an author, media advisor, and editor who is a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will present "A Musical Fix for American Schools," demonstrating how music training translates into academic success and prepares students for professional success in other fields.

Dee Hansen and Thomas C. Duffy will co-present on "Common Core, Music Standards, and Assessment for Partnerships." Jaclyn Rudderow and Leah Wilson will be the panelists for a session called "Paying it Forward: Ideas and Action Steps to Create Successful Community Partnerships."

Michael Yaffe, Associate Dean of YSM and the director of the Symposium, noted: "The Symposium is designed to provide substantial time for [participants] to exchange ideas about quality partnerships, and for all of us to learn from each other."