Archive for January, 2014


Summer Youth Music Camp

January 31, 2014

UMaine program

Screen shot 2014-01-28 at 9.28.58 AMOrono, Maine — Registration is underway for Maine Summer Youth Music (MSYM) Camp at the University of Maine.

Junior Camp, for students in grades 5-8, is July 13-18 and Senior Camp, for students in grades 8-12, is July 19-27. Eighth-grade students may attend either or both camps.

Campers study with UMaine faculty and public school music teachers while staying in a residence hall on the Orono campus. Vocal and instrumental opportunities include symphonic band, jazz band, string ensemble, chorus, and musical theater, along with master classes and evening concerts. Senior campers may work with Joan deAlbuquerque, guest conductor from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Registration may be done online with a debit card, credit card or electronic check, or through the mail. For more information about the camp, as well as the cost and scholarships, visit

About the University of Maine
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,247 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

For more information and application – Monique Hashey, 207.581.4721,


Grammy Music Educator Award

January 30, 2014

Recipient announced 

Screen shot 2014-01-21 at 10.57.19 PMNAfME is pleased to announce that the recipient of the inaugural GRAMMY Music Educator Award is Kent Knappenberger. Knappenberger teaches grades 6-12 at Westfield (New York) Academy and Central School. He was one of more than 30,000 music teachers from throughout the United States who had been nominated. He was chosen from a group of 10 finalists, all of whom are or have been members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Knappenberger has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s degree in music education, harp performance and literature from Eastman School of Music. You can read more about Kent and see a video of him at this link and see him in action on this YouTube video at

You can learn how to nominate someone for 2014 at this link – the deadline is March 31


Life of a Music Teacher

January 29, 2014



Arts Learning Grant

January 28, 2014

Maine Arts Commission announces arts education available funding

IMG_0772Things are cooking at the Maine Arts Commission as the grant programs are being posted for the next fiscal year.

The deadline for the Arts Learning grant, of up to $5000 with a half match are available to apply for until April 15, 2014.

This program provides funding to support high quality visual and/or performing arts education for PK-12 learners and/or educators of this population.

The learning opportunity must take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Funding will be made available after July 1, 2014. I urge you to take a look at this opportunity and collaborate with your colleagues, teaching artists, and/or community members to consider ideas.


Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. Demonstration of high quality arts education teaching and learning opportunity.
  2. Clear description of the project and its impact.
  3. Evidence of significant collaborative planning among all partners and capacity to carry it out.
  4. Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes.
  5. Assurance that the project will include certified and highly qualified arts educators, trained teaching artists and will provide professional development opportunities where appropriate.

You can learn more at the Maine Arts Commission site at


1,777th Post

January 27, 2014

In celebration of the Maine Arts Education blog – post number 1,777…

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Harlow Educators Meet

January 26, 2014

January 29

You are invited to join the next Harlow Educators Initiative meeting

4:00pm on Jan. 29th at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell

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Highlights for the meeting include:

* Arts Educator Initiative (AEI) related exhibition opportunities (Nancy Barron)
* Statewide HS pottery show – UMA Gannett Gallery, Augusta (Russel Kahn)
* Kennebec Area Young at Art – Harlow (Nancy)
* Higher Forms of Art – UMA Gannett (Nancy)
* State of the Arts check in – State associations, Maine Arts Assessment
Initiative (Suzanne Goulet)
* Unit/Lesson/Idea sharing (please bring copies) – Volunteer at your comfort
* Feature – Maine Arts Assessment Teacher Leader, Jeff Orth “Controlling the Chaos:     The World of Student-Centered Education

(Feature description)   Ever wonder how to manage students working on
        different standards at the same time in the same class space? Learn about ways  to organize the chaos using tools to empower students to move at their own
        pace with standards and to meet deadlines to avoid falling behind.

This group was started through the Harlow Gallery to support area arts educators. It is a very unique partnership with a community art gallery – A great opportunity to connect with your colleagues. Consider inviting an educator from another discipline. Collaborative connections encouraged.

There are only 4 meetings a year and the agenda will follow what the participating educators propose, including sharing lesson plans.

Do you have an online gallery? Website? Blog? A consent form?…..Bring student work, publications, announcements…….

Please come, share and grow!

If you would like more information, please contact either Nancy Barron at the gallery:  or Suzanne Goulet at:

Contact hours available and light refreshments will be served.


College Board Arts Awards

January 25, 2014

Grades -12

Screen shot 2014-01-23 at 3.49.01 PMThe College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:

  1. Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects.
  2. Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
  3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline is April 4, 2014. Further details on award categories, full application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at

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