Ray Cramer: Teaching – The Real Reality

Mike Lawson • Archives • June 21, 2007

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I had the great fortune to visit Iowa and attend the most recent Iowa Bandmasters Association gathering in Des Moines. There are a lot of great things they are doing in Iowa to promote and advocate on behalf of music and arts education.

While in Iowa, I ran into Ray Cramer, emeritus professor of Indiana University – another legend of music education and someone whom I have long admired. Ray was at IBA to give the keynote address.

I was so inspired by the spirit and message conveyed in Ray’s remarks that I immediately begged him to let me share them with all of you. Being the gracious person that he is, he agreed.

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