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All Together Now: Music Education Partnerships

The fifth Symposium on Music in Schools, which took place June 4 – 7, 2015 on the Yale campus, was an exciting and galvanizing event. For the first time, the Symposium focused on music education partnerships. The biennial Symposium was made possible by an endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957.

The Yale School of Music selected 38 music partnerships between public school music programs and professional music organizations. Each partnerships sent two representatives, who received all-expenses paid travel and were recognized with the Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Awards.

Keynote speakers included David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can; Sebastian Ruth, MacArthur Fellow and founder of Community MusicWorks in Providence, R.I.; and Joanne Lipman, prominent journalist, co-author of Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher, and author of The Gift of Great Expectations. Other speakers included co-presenters Dee Hansen and Thomas C. Duffy and panelists Jaclyn Rudderow and Leah Wilson.

It is our hope that the Symposium will be a springboard for further work on the importance of music partnerships in today’s world. “You inspired us with your ideas, openness, and vision, and I hope our guest speakers did similarly inspire all of you,” said director Michael Yaffe, Associate Dean of the School of Music, to the participating educators. “We all shared in a memorable event, and let’s renew our efforts based on the optimism we created for each other.”

This web page is the first step in creating a home and a vehicle for further discussion and action.


View the Symposium program to learn more about speakers and activities.