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MENC: The National Association for Music Education Announces Results of Nationwide Search for Model Music Programs

Initiative Identified and Disseminated Information Regarding Best Practices and Innovative Techniques in Music Education Programs

RESTON, VA (March 2, 2006) √ MENC: The National Association for Music Education, as part of an initiative to spotlight model music education programs nationwide, announced that twelve programs have been selected by an MENC member review committee for Special Recognition. Each will receive a $1500 grant and an invitation to participate in a panel discussion on the programs at the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City this April. MENC will also produce a publication highlighting the programs selected for special recognition as well as general aspects of the other submitted programs. Funding was provided by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

"The Model Music Program submissions were fascinating to read!" said Renee Westlake of Bozeman (MT) Public Schools, a past MENC National Executive Board member and part of the Model Music Programs review committee.  "It was impressive to discover what a wide variety of excellent music programs this country has at all levels, from traditional ones to those molded to fit a unique population."

All types of programs were considered, from band to choir to general music, elementary to secondary, under-funded to highly-funded, large or small. Special attention was paid to programs from disadvantaged locations or situations. All submissions were posted online in a searchable database allowing teachers and administrators from around the country to learn from others≠ successes and apply the techniques to their own programs.

"The Model Music Programs project is a marvelous advocacy tool as well as an avenue to reward the wonderful, every day work of school districts and teachers that may not otherwise be noted at a national level," commented Westlake.

MENC received submissions from 45 states including Washington, DC. Out of 156 total submissions, the 12 programs selected were:
A.E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL, Main Contact: Clark Chaffee
Conners/Emerson School, Bar Harbor, ME, Main Contact: Rebecca Edmondson
East Meadow School District, Westbury, NY, Main Contact: Abby Behr
East Ramapo Central School District, Spring Valley, NY, Main Contact: Gail Calisoff
Haley Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN, Main Contact: Wendy Bloom
South Eastern School District, Fawn Grove, PA, Main Contact: Carl Barr
Nanuet School District, Nanuet, NY, Main Contact: Dr. Jack L. Gremli
Nora Davis Magnet School, Laurel, MS, Main Contact: Jodie Austin
Page Middle School, Page, AZ, Main Contact: Janice Greisch
Rutland City Public Schools, Rutland, VT, Main Contact: Glenn E. Giles
The Spurwink School: Roosevelt Program, South Portland, ME, Main Contact: Jeff Shaw
William Floyd School District, Mastic Beach, NY, Main Contact: Joseph Pergola

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In addition, while not selected for Special Recognition, the following programs received an Honorable Mention as the top scoring programs in their Division:
Grissom School, Tulsa, OK, Main Contact: Clydia Forehand
Sandstone Middle School, Hermiston, OR, Main Contact: Lorraine Ellis

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world≠s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 120,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC≠s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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