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Rubén Rodríguez and Dantes Rameau discuss music in the community

Rubén Rodriguez with student of the Music in Schools Initiative

Rubén Rodríguez with Music in Schools students

As part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a day-long symposium “Listen. Engage. Act.” will takes place at the Yale School of Music on Friday, June 17.

Featuring a day of presentations and discussions, the symposium will explore the role of the arts in the community, asking the question “how will you change your city?,” and continuing conversations started at the British Council’s “Culture and Conflict Summit” in 2014 as well as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ forum “What is the Role of the Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?” earlier this year. MORE

Published June 10, 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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Changing lives with music: Dantes Rameau ’07 MM

Dantes Rameau

McGill News Alumni Magazine
By Jennifer Nault

“Show me your ID,” is not the most anticipated response coming from a middle school student upon meeting his music instructor. Yet this student was likely voicing the same dubiousness shared by his peers – as they awkwardly clutched their instruments, some of them looking at musical notation for the very first time. Some instructors might be taken aback by such impudence. Not Dantes Rameau, who understood precisely why his credentials were required with this bunch.

I started musical outreach with youth while I was studying at Yale,” says Rameau, the winner of this year’s James G Wright Award from the McGill Alumni Association, a prize that honours young McGill graduates who make exemplary contributions to their communities through voluntary service. “I remember this one kid asked me if I really went to Yale. He and his classmates live in a very poor district in close proximity to the university – close, but in their minds, so far away. As black, inner-city kids, the idea of someone who looks like them going to Yale is unfathomable. In our first music class, this kid walks up to me and says, ‘show me your Yale ID,’ and so I did. I had to.

“And this is why I do what I do. When I visit these kids, I think they meet me and they begin to see that anything is within their grasp.” MORE

Published March 14, 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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Symposium on Music in Schools takes place this week

Event Focuses on the Role of Music in School Reform

Anne Midgette, keynote speaker

Anne Midgette ’86BA, keynote speaker

The Yale School of Music is proud to host the fourth Symposium on Music in Schools, honoring public school music educators from across the country, this week. Supported by the Yale College Class of 1957, the biennial Symposium is a core program of the Music in Schools Initiative with a national scope.

From a pool of nearly 300 nominees representing 45 states, a panel of music professionals from YSM and NHPS selected this year’s 50 Distinguished Music Educators. The selected educators hail from 32 different states. These music teachers will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the four-day symposium.

Workshops and discussions at this year’s symposium will focus around one main theme: The Role of Music in School Reform. The issue of school reform is a potent topic throughout the country. School districts are having ongoing discussions about what young students should be learning. Often in recent years, music teachers have had to fight to keep their programs off the chopping block. This year’s Symposium aims to bring attention to the very integral role music can play in school reform.

The four-day event will open with a workshop MORE

Published June 3, 2013
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Dantes Rameau ’07MM receives $25,000 AOL grant

Rameau and classmate Robert Gupta, violin, upon their graduation from the Yale School of Music

AOL Inc., as part of its 25th anniversary “Project on Creativity,” announced 25 grants of $25,000 each for creative work. The winners, including Dantes Rameau ’07MM, were chosen from over 9,000 applicants. The judges included Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; entrepreneur Andy Spade; and Tim Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of AOL.

Born in Ottawa, Canada to Cameroonian and Haitian parents, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is the co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project. Rameau’s grant money will help him to further develop the Atlanta Music Project’s recently launched pilot program.

Following performance studies in bassoon at McGill University, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University, Rameau was an inaugural member of the Abreu Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied El Sistema, the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra System. Modeled on El Sistema, the Atlanta Music Project is a five-day-a-week, after-school, youth orchestra program targeting Atlanta’s underserved communities. The Atlanta Music Project believes the pursuance of excellence in music studies leads to positive social change for its participants and the communities it serves.

Read about the grants in Bloomberg HERE.

Read Rameau’s blog HERE.

Published December 9, 2010
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