Posts Tagged ‘music education’


University Singers

February 28, 2014

Unique student opportunity


Invitation to a Free Lunch Time Concert.  The University of Maine Singers under the direction of Dr. Dennis Cox and accompanied by Dr. Laura Artesani will visit the Camden Hills Regional High School for a short concert on Tuesday, March 11th at 12:15 – 1:00 PM.  There is plenty of space in the Strom auditorium, please attend and hear this excellent college ensemble!

There is also a chance that there will be a short male a cappella workshop from 1 – 1:30, if there is enough interest from area middle school/high schools.  If interested, please contact Kim Murphy at ASAP and let her know.

The University Singers will be on tour during this time. The locations where they will be performing are listed below. All concerts are scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM, free and open to the public.

  • March 10, First Baptist Church, Bar Harbor
  • March 11, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head
  • March 12, First Parish Church of Christ, Saco
  • March 12, Winnisquam Regional High School, Tilton, NH
  • March 14, Lasell College, Newton, MA



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,


Music Sharpens Brain Pathways

December 4, 2013

Quality music programs are essential

Education Week, November 25, 2013 in an article called Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathway Studies Say, writer Sarah D. Sparks provides an overview of the new research suggesting that the “complexity involved in practicing and performing music may help students’ cognitive development.” Now that is information that I am sure Maine music teaches are aware of and observe it day – to – day teaching students music.

Read the entire article by clicking here.


In Today’s News

April 10, 2013

USM music education

This article was included today in the Bangor Daily News Media partners Free Press. It provides information on what is happening at USM in the music education department. The article is called Music education faculty halved due to university budget cuts. Click here to access the article.


Playing for Maine

October 8, 2012

Be In Love – Playing for Change – Playing for Maine

Recently in the Portland area the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) decided to create their own Playing for Change video. They partnered with a number of local filmmakers, musicians, and students to make their own video in the style of the Playing For Change “Songs Around The World” series. They selected the song by Portland musician Dominic Lavoie, “Be In Love”.

MAMM also made a commitment to raising awareness and the value of music education in the lives of young people by providing a series of local concerts in various locations in Portland.

I was surprised and very happy to see a former student of mine singing in the video, Sara Richardson.


Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble

September 14, 2012

Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble accepted to the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference

Press Release: August 30, 2012

Last spring, Kyle Smith, the band director at Westbrook High School, submitted an unedited recording to a board of music educators at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference for review. Any band, in any school system, on the east coast from Fairfax County, Virginia, and north, can submit recordings of their bands for review and potential acceptance but it is quite challenging to get in.  In fact, it’s so challenging that in the history of the Eastern Division Conference, that it has been since 1995 since another Maine band has attended.

The first time that a submission from Westbrook was sent was two years ago and the submission was denied. That recording was reviewed by Dr. Andrew Boysen, Professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire as well as other well known and respected high school band directors in the area, and important improvements were made.

This time around it was a different story and the city of Westbrook and the state of Maine will be represented through the current Wind Ensemble class at Westbrook High School.

The conference is to be held in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday, April 4 -Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble at Merrill Auditorium
Photo by Sd Good, 2012


Honoring Teachers

May 31, 2012

Two stories

I just love getting emails from people that describe special events honoring Maine arts educators. I just had to share what is going on in our state next week at music performances. If you have a similar story I hope you will share it with me!

DWIGHT TIBBETTS, Augusta music educator, LAST CONCERT

Dwight’s last concert is June 4th 1:30 for the school and 7:00 PM for the parents at Cony with the Middle School Band. They are filming the concert on local Cable. Every other year Dwight takes the band to Washington DC. The Spring concert is a non-stop narration, slides and music by the band, chorus and piano of their trip. It also will include words from Senator Katz (once a Cony Band Student) as well as the State Color Guard posting the flags to open our event. The local newspapers will be there and the art department is displaying patriotic work. The students each kept a journal during the trip. A winning essay will be read as well as a winning photo contest. CONGRATULATIONS DWIGHT!

ROSE WHITE, Mattanawcook Junior High music educator, LAST CONCERT

Paul Sullivan To Be Featured Artist at Mattanawcook Junior High School Spring Band Concert

Paul Sullivan, Grammy award-winning Maine composer and pianist, will help celebrate the retirement of Rose White at her final spring band concert, next Tuesday at Mattanawcook Junior High School.  Mr. Sullivan will be sharing his talents with the Jazz Band and Concert Band. “Spring Peepers,” from his CD “Nights in the Gardens of Maine,” has been specially arranged by Mrs. White for cello, clarinet and piano.  The jazz band will perform “Volunteer Squash” from the same CD, also arranged by Mrs. White, and will feature Mr. Sullivan’s incredible jazz piano skills. You will also have the pleasure of hearing Paul Sullivan perform his original musical compositions on solo piano. His warm and inviting personality, coupled with his world-class musicianship, wins over new listeners immediately and usually makes them life-long fans. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, “Silver Solstice”. His thirteen CDs have sold over 300,000 copies. Paul and his family live on the coast of Maine.

Mrs. White is honored to be conducting her final Mattanawcook Junior High School band and jazz band concert with more than fifty of her former students joining the program as alumni to take part in one final night of outstanding music. Mrs. White has been teaching instrumental music in Lincoln for the past thirty years, after graduating from the Hartt School of Music and the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and teaching music for four years in Oxford, MA. She makes her home and will retire in Lincoln, where she raised two wonderful boys with her husband, Thomas White, earned a shelf full of trophies at regional and state competitions and more importantly, shared the gift of her music with thousands of children in our district. The concert will be on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 P.M. in the Mattanawcook Junior High Gymnasium in Lincoln, Maine.

I had the honor of visiting both of these teachers in their classrooms. Phenomenal music educators taking their last bow in the “classroom”!

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