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NCS at Yale Symposium on Music in Schools

Earlier this month, I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the Yale School of Music Symposium on Music in Schools on the beautiful New Haven campus. The fifth biennial Symposium focused on successful music education partnerships between public school systems and arts organizations. Anita Hynus, Orchestra Director at Martin Magnet Middle School representing the Wake County Public School System, also participated in three days of thought-provoking discussions with 37 other partnership leaders from around the country.

Lectures and breakout sessions explored current events impacting arts education in the United States.  Just a few of the questions included: What are the most compelling reasons for music education in today’s society and schools, and how can we position ourselves to communicate these reasons most effectively? How can we use the arts to help students identify their own unique voices to fully participate in society? How can today’s college graduates best be prepared for careers as 21st century teaching artists? What impact do the new national arts standards and common core requirements have on our partnerships?

While the debate around those (and many other) questions could have continued for days and weeks and months, one thing was clear, and that is how committed everyone at the Symposium was in helping students to achieve through the arts. The musicians, board, donors, and staff of the North Carolina Symphony have shared that dedication and passion for decades and will continue into the future. The Symphony’s many statewide partnerships in education are created with the goal that every child in the state of North Carolina has access to music, and through music, that they will develop valuable life skills to reach their greatest potential.

Thank you to the Yale College Class of 1957 for funding the Symposium, and to the Yale School of Music for awarding the North Carolina Symphony and Wake County Public School System the Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award. I am so very proud of this partnership, and look forward to many more years of high quality programming equally deserving of this award.

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