[ in the press ]

YaleNews: School of Music launches ‘Music and Social Action’ Coursera course

ruth_sebastian-h-webYaleNews | By Bess Connolly Martell

The Yale School of Music launched its first massive open online course (MOOC), titled “Music and Social Action,” on Yale’s Coursera platform Feb. 22. Taught by Sebastian Ruth, the Yale College Class of 1957 Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, the course explores questions about musicians’ responses to the condition of the world.

The course, which took 13 months to develop, is being offered in an “on demand” format, and as such does not have to be viewed sequentially. “This process has deepened my own understanding of this material and has presented an interesting challenge to think through what makes compelling learning online,” says Ruth. “We hope we have crafted a learning experience that is rich and three dimensional.”


Published February 24, 2016
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Alumnus Dantes Rameau and Atlanta Music Project win big on new TV show

Dantes Rameau '07 MM, left, with rapper Common

Dantes Rameau ’07 MM, left, with rapper Common

By Howard Pousner | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Growing up in Ottawa, bassoonist Dantes Rameau was a fan of hip-hop artist Common. So Rameau knew it was an uncommon day when he answered a knock at the door during rehearsals earlier this month at the Gilbert House recreation center in southwest Atlanta only to find the musician-actor waiting with a TV crew on the porch.

In his role as a guest host on the new Fox TV show Knock Knock Live that premiered Tuesday, Common was paying a surprise visit to Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project. Common’s mission: to lay some gifts on the Atlanta nonprofit that provides tuition-free music education to under-served youths.

“I had no idea this was going to happen until I opened the door and there was Common and a bunch of cameras in my face,” Rameau, 32, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It took a lot of coordination and colluding and hiding by staff, board members, students and their parents. They managed to keep it a secret and lure me to be in the right place at the right time. I was really stunned.” MORE

Published July 28, 2015
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[ music in schools ]

Symposium on Music in Schools June 4–7 to focus on music partnerships

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Music in Schools Initiative

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. MORE

Published June 3, 2015
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Winning participants announced for fifth Yale Symposium on Music in Schools

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David Lang

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the participants selected for the fifth Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 4–7, 2015 on the Yale campus. This year’s Symposium will focus on partnerships between professional music organizations and public school music programs.

All participants will receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and will send representatives to the Symposium to participate in three days of strategic sessions. Featured speakers include MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and author/journalist Joanne Lipman.

The 2015 winners comprise 38 partnerships hailing from 19 states and the District of Columbia. The majority represent urban school districts, but many are from suburban and rural districts. The music organizations include orchestras, jazz, opera, community music schools, and concert presenters. Among the participants are such major organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cliburn Competition, Astral Artists, and the National Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published March 23, 2015
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[ students + alumni ]

MusAid workshop brings young Central American musicians to New Haven

IMG_0085-wnoKevin Schaffter ’15MM, a clarinetist, is the founder and director of MusAid, a nonprofit organization that supports music programs around the world by providing teacher training programs and donated instruments. Since its founding, MusAid has supported programs in Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, and Burma.

MusAid recently held a workshop in New Haven for eight exceptional musicians (each representing a different country) from the Youth Orchestra of Central America (OJCA). Throughout the week, the musicians will be taking classes from nine Yale faculty and eleven graduate students in preparation for a joint MusAid-OJCA benefit concert in Washington, DC on Monday, March 9. The countries represented are Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. MORE

Published March 9, 2015
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Symposium on Music in Schools to reward partnerships June 2015

The Music in Schools Initiative is proud to announce the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards. This year’s Symposium will be held June 4–7, 2015 at Yale University.

This year, the focus of these two activities is on partnership programs between public school music programs and professional music organizations. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the 2015 Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.  MORE

Published November 25, 2014
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[ ghana trip ]

Yale musicians visit Genius Hive, Ghanaian organization for music education

IMG_3640Musicians from Accra and New Haven gathered tonight to play and talk music. A group of YSM students and Yale Band members, led by Thomas C. Duffy, visited geniusHive, a Ghanaian non-profit that aims to inspire students through classical music education.

Musicians from geniusHive kicked off the visit with a Ghanaian song arranged for cello and piano, and a series of “impressions” from a jazz pianist. A trio of YSM students played Lorde’s “Royals” — improvising with a xylophone, snare drum, and double bass — and Bach on the xylophone. Then musicians from both groups came together to play the classic “Autumn Leaves.”

The music making sparked a discussion of music education and the potential of music to change lives. MORE

Published May 21, 2014
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Dantes Rameau ’07MM named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100

dantes rameau '07MMYale alumnus Dantes Rameau ’07MM was named one of Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100, a list of the most influential African-Americans. Rameau, cofounder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project, was lauded as one of the “Community Crusaders” on the list.

The winners were honored in New York this week with a Power 100 Gala at Lincoln Center. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., Marcus Samuelsson, and Henry Louis Gates were among those in attendance

Mr. Rameau, a bassoonist, is an alumnus of New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellow Program inaugural class, graduating in 2010. He As a Sistema Fellow he spent one year studying non-profit management and spent two months living and teaching in Venezuela.

The Atlanta Music Project has raised nearly one million dollars and grown programming to 150 students, 15 teaching artists and four locations. MORE

Published November 20, 2013
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Sebastian Ruth appointed Visiting Lecturer for 2013–14 academic year


Music educator Sebastian Ruth will join the Yale School of Music faculty as Visiting Lecturer for the 2013–14 academic year. He will teach a course called Music and Service and will work with teaching artists in YSM’s Music in Schools Initiative.

Ruth is the founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks, a nationally-recognized organization that connects professional musicians with urban youth and families in Providence, Rhode Island. A violinist, he is also a member of the Providence String Quartet, the organization’s resident ensemble. MORE

Published August 7, 2013
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Yale College Class of 1957 receives award

The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) recently awarded its Outstanding Class Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Award to the Yale College Class of 1957.

In its citation, AYA praised the Class “for conceiving and funding the Class of ’57 Music Endowment to enable Yale to share its resources in support of music education for urban public school children.” Much of this activity has taken place in close collaboration with the School of Music.

The School of Music has long supported arts education programs in the New Haven Public Schools. These efforts were confirmed and enhanced with the establishment of the Music in Schools Initiative in 2007, thanks to the generous contribution of the 50th reunion class gift by the Yale College Class of 1957.

In recognition of the value of music and arts education in the public schools, these visionary Yale alumni established an endowment to ensure the continuing development of music programs in New Haven.


Published February 6, 2012
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