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SUMMARY is a public service initiative that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States and abroad. This advocacy effort now unites 588 national, regional and international organizations comprised of parents and community leaders seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens visit the website every month and use its resources to keep music education strong in their schools and communities.

THE SUPPORTMUSIC COALITION is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children.

This group considers itself a 'learning community', recognizing that effective advocacy requires targeted strategies and solutions designed for long-term success and that by sharing local advocacy efforts, the success of the mission expands.

The coalition invites individuals and all interested arts, education, civic engagement and youth-serving organizations to become affiliates, and encourages affiliate organizations to actively participate via task force efforts, dissemination of pertinent information to constituents and members, and by adding tools and materials to that advance the advocacy mission and messages.

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Music, the key to Success?

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association...Read the full New York times article here!


Anna Parini

School District 146 Central Middle School Symphonic Band Wins State’s Top Band Award

Congratulations to School District 146 Central Middle School on recieving top honors at the May 9 SuperState Illinois 2014 Band Festival.

Under the Direction of Jason Freeland, the middle school was chosen to perform at the May 9 UIUC event along side 9 other middle schools chosen statewide. The middle schools are judged on their performance abilities by college level educators. As State Champions, Central Middle will perform at the Illinois SuperState 2015 Concert Band Festival as the "Honors Band". Amazing job to the young musicians that make up Central Middle School's Symphonic Honor Band and their wonderful Band Director:

Director: Jason Freeland

Flutes: Nicole Bargamian, Lauren Berry, Cameron Bilek, Noelle Doody, Victoria Soliz, Lynn Stevenson

Oboe: Grace Caserio

Bassoon: T.J. Graham

Clarinets: Erica Blakely, Meaghan Daugherty, Madison Greenhill, Matthew Hendricks, Ethan Hoehler, Matthew Joren, Jacob Kienzle, Daniel Scurek, John Sikorski, Ryan Swims, Olivia Walker, Nick Walzel

Cornets: Rosemary Cetera, Madelynn Fischer, Mikey Harms, Alex Humenik, Jackie Jelderks, Kevin Kampwirth, Jacob Kopczyk, Caroline Oczachowski, Vanessa Soliz

Saxophones: Katelyn Sanders, Samatha Tuuk

French Horns: William Flores, Sean Ford, Jenny Kallenback, Katherine Kusper, Kristen Simental

Trombones: Christian Johnson, Ryan Lavin, Cody Molloy, Nathan Ryan

Euphonium: Julia Dybala

Tubas: Ben Castillo, Kyle Sadowski

Percussionists: Kevin Brueggemann, Eric Canning, Carl Holup, Byanka Pantoja, Frankie Wendling




East Lincoln Middle School Band Programs Score Excellent and Superiors

Congratulations to East Middle School Falcon Band! Under the direction of Brandon Meeks, the School won 1st place in the middle school concert band division of the regional "Music in the Park Competition" at Universal Studios Orlando.

While competing in the Carowinds Music Festival, the 6th Grade Band, 6th/7th grade combined chorus, and finally the 8th grade chorus ALL recieved "Excellent" ratings. Finally, the Middle School's Jazz Band recieved "Superior" ratings at the Carowinds Festival, the West Region NCMEA (North Carolina Music Educators Association), and the Jazz MPA (Music Performance Adjudication). Once again, amazing job to all the bands on scoring such high ratings! Keep up the good work!

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Medina Middle School Band WINS!

Congratulations to the Medina Middle School Band and Guard on the recent wins in area Spring Parades! At the Trenton Teapot parade, the band and color guard placed FIRST overall. At the Strawberry Festival Jr. Parade, the band placed 1st in their class, and the Percussion and color guard placed 2nd overall. Drum Major Lauren Price placed 3rd overall. The band also won the coveted Strawberry Festival Cup! Way to go!!! Band director, Emily Brown, is doing a fabulous job with her students!


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Medina Middle School Band and Guard

NDMS Band Program

This Middle School's Concert and Symphonic bands grab SUPERIOR RATINGS

Led by their band director, Rodney K. Lee Jr., the concert and symphonic bands received SUPERIOR RATINGS!! The judges were very impressed! Not only does North Dorchester's concert and symphonic bands rock, their marching band, the NDMS Marching Owls, were awarded a FIRST PLACE trophy and price last December a the annual Pocomoke Christmas Parade! Hoot! Hoot! Keep up the great work!

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NDMS Middle School Band Students

New Faculty Spotlight: Philip Miller

The Crusader Choir and the Northwesterners will experience some exciting changes this year as NNU welcomes to the music department Dr. Philip Miller, whose experience directing university choirs ranges from the Great Plains to the West Coast, including, most recently, California Baptist University. He looks forward to incorporating an orchestral element into our Crusader Choir and traveling with them more often, bringing increased exposure to NNU and the music department, and ministering to churches. “Choirs have a way of directly speaking to the hearts of people and communicating a message,” he says.  “The beauty of music can touch lives and break down barriers that might not respond to other approaches.” Beyond directing, Dr. Miller will also chair the music department.

NNU’s football fans will find a comrade in Dr. Miller: he’s partial to the Denver Broncos and Oklahoma Sooners. He and his wife, Krista, a professional actress, singer and theater director, are excited to experience Idaho’s outdoor recreation prospects, especially snow- and water-skiing

.Philip Miller