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  • The Summer Slide – Rediscovering Your Love of Music: How to Continue Student Improvement over the Summer Months

    Stephen A. Salem | May 2, 2022As music educators, we conclude the school year feeling successful with how our students have grown over months of progress only to encounter the screeching halt of learning during the summer months. On top of that, it feels like we just started to witness growth with our students and now they are out the door. […] Read More...
  • The Lewis Prize – Big Bucks for Big Results

    Marty Steiner | April 20, 2022The Lewis Prize ought to be the biggest news of financial support in the entire music education community! Lewis annually awards four multi-year awards of $500,000 to each recipient organization, their Accelerator award, and a varying number of one year $50,000 awards, the Infusion award. The vision of the Lewis Prize is for every young person, regardless of who they are or […] Read More...
  • The Remembrance of Why

    Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser | April 20, 2022During the last two years our profession has been turned upside down because of the impact-and-effects of the pandemic; it has provided an unprecedented test of our attitude, tenacity, creativeness, convictions, commitment, dedication, and a host of many other personal character attributes. If anything, it has amplified the truth in Winston Churchill’s famous quote: “The […] Read More...
  • The First Real Thing in 18 Months

    Ryann Dykstra | January 19, 2022Though I would imagine that at a certain point the idea of finding oneself during the pandemic has become somewhat of a cliche, I think that it is hard to read prompts that purposefully invoke thoughts that force self-reflection and not let my mind wander to Covid. Despite the tragedy of it all, the pandemic […] Read More...
  • Let’s Decolonize Music Education

    Stephanie Nantell | December 18, 2021Music has always been an important part of my life. I graduated from NYU with a Master of Arts in music education, played the trumpet at Walt Disney World, and taught music at public and charter schools in New York City. It’s been the great privilege of my life to not only perform music, but […] Read More...
  • Getting Your Foot in the School of Music’s Door – What Future Music Students Need to Know

    Dr. Emery Stephens, Dr. Teri Dobbs | July 10, 2021A conversation between College Music Society National Board members Dr. Teri Dobbs, professor of music education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Emery Stephens, assistant professor of music performance studies, St. Olaf College. Teri: Emery, what a great opportunity it is to chat together about what future music educators need to know to not only be […] Read More...
  • Queer Identities in the Music Classroom

    Mia Ibrahim | June 12, 2021Music educators are provided with the ability to select repertoire that is reflective of our students’ many identities. However, some educators may struggle with representing various gender and sexual identities alongside our carefully planned culturally responsive curriculums. I have been teaching music longer than I have been out of the closet. I can empathize with […] Read More...
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