Education/Community Engagement Recommended Reading
Beyond Tradition II
The "Beyond Tradition II" report is a study of promising practices in orchestra education as represented by the 2003 - 2007 winners of the Bank of America Awards for Excellence in Orchestra Education.
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Teaching Artists Research Project
Teaching Artists and the Future of Education found that their work is critical to the future of arts education and to improving the quality of schools. Read a report on a three-year study of teaching artists (TAs) who make teaching a part of their professional practice.
Lucia Brawley Speech
Lucia Brawley delivers the keynote address at the biennial Music Educators Symposium at the Yale School of Music.
Read and watch the keynote address
A recent Wallace Foundation conference gathered arts organizations that are responding creatively to the challenges of a difficult economic climate and building their audiences by using market research, re-branding, and drawing audience-building lessons from other sectors such as professional sports.
Reaching a Broader Community
James M. Rosser, president of California State University, sets the tone for a better understanding of the role of the orchestra in reaching out to contemporary urban communities. Includes responses by John Gidwitz, executive director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, James F. Mann, general manager of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Mark C. Volpe, executive director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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Community Engagement Programs: Suggested Evaluation Guidelines
The League has developed a set of suggested guidelines for orchestras to evaluate their community engagement programs. It's designed for any orchestra undertaking community engagement work, as well as for those applying to the MetLife Awards for Excellence in Community Engagement.
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Developing Community Partnerships
Thomas V. Chema, executive director of Gateway Economic Development
Corporation, identifies the impact an orchestra makes on its community.
Includes responses by Nicky B. Carpenter, chairman of The Minnesota
Orchestra, and Bud Lindstrand, chairman of the Oregon Symphony.
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Researchers Design New Ways to Gauge Arts Spillover
Deborah Viadero describes how a handful of new studies are taking a different, and some say more productive, look at how to capture arts learning's full range of benefits.
The Kids Play Great. But That Music . . .
A humorous description of a parent's experience attending a child's school concerts
Three Rs Are Essential, but Don't Forget the A -- the Arts
Elliot Eisner describes the lessons that the arts teach