Music In Schools

Some Fine Resources to Help the Project
  • Bruce Belason reports that in June 2014, he drove down from his home in the Boston area and attended a non-Yale music concert at the Morse Recital Hall (where pianist Emanuel Ax played at our 50th reunion), the recital hall for the Yale Music School. Since he knew the performers, he went to the sound check. During a break he happened to chat with the facility manager for the building. When he mentioned he was an alum, the manager asked what class. When he mentioned 1957, the manager lit up and became very enthused. Our class music project was/is a very big deal to him and the Music School. He was very knowledgeable about it. It was very gratifying to receive this first-hand grass-roots type response.

  • Steve Hopkins report of Julliard Music in Schools Program in 2010.

  • 2010 Fall Report on the project, by Steve Wittenberg.

  • An article on El Sistema by one of our Distinguished Music Educators, Eric Booth.

  • Steve Wittenberg reports on the current state and wonderful progress of the class's Music in Schools Project - Oct. 2009.

  • Nick Tingley reports on First Annual Yale New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, May 2008.

  • A NY SUN article on Music Students working in New York City Schools

  • Bob Smith has come up with a suggestion for an important adjunct to our Music In Schools Program: providing instruments to aid the kids in learning music. Click here to see his proposal.

  • John Hughes suggests considering the following of value as we look at music and the brain in a more comprehensive way. This supports the issue of chronological and appropriate use of music. See Inside the Teenage Brain, By Amy Standen

  • Jim Banner came across several pertinent piece: Peter Kalkavage (a member of the St. Johns College, Annapolis faculty), "The Neglected Muse: Why Music is an Essential Liberal Art, American Educator, fall 2006. The nice thing about the piece is that it conveys some of K's ways of teaching music, music theory and math, and appreciation. It might be good for music teachers. Click here for the text.

    He also want to bring to our attention two recent publications. 1. The 12/13/06 Wasington Post (A23ff) carries a piece about how state music programs have brought discipline and hope to youngsters in Venezuela's barrios. 2. Probably more important, there's a NEH report (late 2005 or 2006), entitled The Arts and Civic Engagement, which backs up our claims about the influences of arts education. That report may be on the NEH site. Links to both texts were not readily available.

    He previously noted an article appearing in the Nov. 15, 2006 Yale Daily News. It reports on the success that our Music in Schools project is having in New Haven. Click here for the text.

  • See more details of our early work with the Lincoln-Bassett School.

  • Another force in this space is the Music for All Foundation. Click here for information.

  • Comcast and other Cable TV companies are donating musical instruments to schools across the country, to encourage bringing music eduation back into grammar schools. The basic program is shown here. They donated instruments to two New Haven Schools in 2005, as reported here.

  • In October 2005, Nick Tingley discovered a new Foundation specifically aimed at promoting music education programs in schools -- headlined by Mr Beatle, Paul McCartney. Click here for their web site.

  • In June 2005, Art Diefendorf found an interesting article in the Associated Press about introducing rhythm to babies by bouncing and rocking. See the full text here.

  • In March of 2004, Malcolm Mitchell identified the LA Music Center as certainly a good resource. You can go to their web site to find very interesting programs for teacher training in "ways to improve literacy and student learning through the arts."

  • On September 21, 2003, CNN Headline News had a story about how music helps the students in KIPP Academy in The Bronx, NY to achieve better academic results. Click here to download the one-page script into WORD.

  • July 29, 2003, Malcolm Mitchell noted an article in the NY Times on Mental Abilities: More Music Yields More Words. Click here for the article.

  • June 17, 2002, Jack Hughes provides a number of suggestions:
    Some references that should be very helpful in dealing with educators and school boards:


    Both are available from the National Academy Press. Their web-site is where the books can be read online. Further information can be obtained from 1-800-624-6242. Each of these books has evolved through updated deliberations involving the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

    An older reference that should be helpful in dealing with established educators is MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES by John Gardner. As you know, each local school district has its own focus. I would hope that each of us will be able to address music in education as a process of learning rather than a faction within the education community.
    You may find helpful in guiding further reseach related to specific areas of education.

  • Sept. 3, 2000, Nick Tingley discovered an article in the New York Times that covers a great deal on the mystique of teaching music:

    • "MUSIC; How a Teacher Can Influence A Whole Life"
      By PAUL GRIFFITHS September 3, 2000, Sunday NY Times

    • RARE as great performers are, even rarer are great teachers of performance. Today, in the field of violin playing at a supreme virtuoso level, there are only two categories of teachers: Dorothy DeLay and all the rest. Miss DeLay, as she is invariably ...

    • To purchase this article, do a search on the above title
      at the NY Times web site.

  • Phil Richards discovered a recent survey that identified 100 school systems with outstanding music programs. If you have access to any of these school systems mentioned in the list, why not find out what makes their music programs tick:

  • Some further background information on music education in the schools:

  • A recent Gallup poll gathered information on people's attitudes about music in the schools and its benefits:

  • Here is a brief list of music lovers of all types:

  • This September 1999 declaration summarizes the agreements from the MENC Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education.

  • Steve Hopkins suggests two web sites:
  • Other organizations are also putting heavy emphasis on music programs for youth.

  • Here are some of the other professional organizations focused on music in the schools:

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