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Through our engagement efforts with our community partners we endeavor to build a more inclusive and musical society.
Since 2009, the School of Music has been exploring engagement opportunities that are beneficial for both our community partners and our students and faculty.
U of M Band Project
Dr. Laura Sindberg's Band Project brings music education majors out to area middle schools as apprentice teachers for before- and after-school music instruction. The apprentice teachers support the school music directors' goals and curriculum for their young students, and provide additional lesson and small-group instruction. Apprentice teachers gain classroom teaching experience well before their student teaching apprenticeship, and make connections working with vibrant, urban music students. This engagement program would not be possible without the reflection, feedback, and effort of all individuals and institutions involved.
Single Project Community Engagement Grants
For the past 10 years, the School of Music Community Engagement Team awarded dozens of mini-grants to faculty and students with community engagement projects. The grants defrayed the costs that typically make such projects unattainable: travel, busing, printing and commissioning scores and parts, among other incidentals. This year, the Community Engagement Leadership Team will be pausing for a year of reflection to assess and develop the mini-grant program based on feedback from previous grant recipients and community partners. Past projects have included:
- DMA Conducting candidate, Amanda Weber, started a womens choir at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee at the request of the prison's director of education.
- Undergraduate alumnus, Spencer Brand, organized a U of M Brass Sympos for his alma matter, Alexandria High School,
- DMA Conducting alumna, Caroline Hand, partnered with Blaine High School to launch an "R-Word Campaign" concert that featured an inclusive group of the high school choir and the special education students, who were supported by a chamber group of music education and music therapy majors.
Check out the previous projects funded by School of Music Community Engagement Grants.