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    kate gonzales

    Tom Duffy wanted to start the conversation by sharing some files he promised you during the Symposium.

    The first is an article he wrote in 1992 for the CMEA News, about the role of colleges in supporting school music programs:

    The second is a recording of his composition “A+”, in which performers are encouraged to make mistakes:



    The your article is relevant yet today. I have been part of a team of supervisors and teachers leading the CT Arts Institute at Fairfield U. this week. Interestingly enough, this very topic came up over a lunch break. The disconnect between university/college music education faculty and the battlefront in schools is remarkable. Particularly in urban settings, new teachers have little or no understanding of the challenges and opportunities for making music (and the arts) a significant hub in the educational environment.

    There are so many issues: Music education training in higher ed still reflects the mid-twentieth century model. All teachers are required to assess, collect, and analyze data for teacher evaluation purposes. In addition to all of this, we are grappling with the 2014 National Core Music Standards and how to rewrite state and district curricula based on major paradigm shifts in instructional approaches. And, oh by the way, we need to make music exciting, relevant, and part of the core of our schools.

    Could we propose a gathering of higher education folks at CMEA this year with a roundtable discussion of 4 or 5 provocative questions sent out in advance? Can we move some cheese, please?


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