Dr. Karen Salvador Voted President Elect of Michigan Music Education Association
Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) is our state's affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. MMEA works to advance the quality of music education in MI, offering professional development and other services to music teachers and pk-12-collegiate students, supporting research, and advocating for music education in our state and nation. We believe a high-quality, comprehensive, inclusive music curriculum is a vital part of every student's education at all levels.
Dr. Jessica Cech Presentation on Flint Through its Arts
Dr. Jessica Cech presented "Experiencing the Vitality of Flint Through its Arts" at the University of Michigan - Flint's "Celebration of Teaching" on April 16, 2014.
UM-Flint Music Students Win National Award
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently announced the winners of its annual Collegiate Chapter of Excellence awards. The University of Michigan-Flint chapter is one of three programs that was recognized for excellence in service to the community.
Assistant professor of music Karen Salvador said the music students decided last spring that they wanted to be of service in the community. She suggested that they think of ways they could be of service while also developing skills that are directly related to their preparation as future k-12 music teachers, band/orchestra directors, or choir directors.
Salvador said it was a student who suggested asking Whaley Children’s Center if they had a need for music instruction. “With the help of University Outreach, contact was made with Whaley, and they took us up on the offer of a choir that met for 45 minutes once a week for 10 weeks. The semester culminated with the choir going Christmas caroling (at the suggestion of the Whaley students).”
This semester the students partnered with Durant-Tuuri Mott elementary in a similar way, except that the choir meets for two hours once a week and are younger. They held a concert in the first week of April.
“This NAfME Collegiate service project builds leadership, musicianship, and pedagogical skills in the UM-Flint students, and provides opportunities for kids in the area to make music together,” said Salvador. “We hope to sustain and further develop these partnerships, which benefit both our students and children in the community.”
UM-Flint Music Department Receives NATS Awards
On February, 22, 2014, voice students from the studios of Joshua May and Julie Anne Carr sang at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Auditions. Among the winners of the auditions, we had three students from our music department receive awards. Zachary Wieber, tenor, won 1st place in his category. In addition, he won a special scholarship prize for his performance in the "Concert of Promise." Mr. Wieber will move onto the national semi-final competition later this spring. Desmond Sheppard, bass-baritone, and Sara Klosowski, mezzo-soprano, both received honorable mentions in their categories.
Faculty member, Joshua May, has been selected as a national finalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program for 2014. During his residency at Ohio State University this summer, he will be paired with an international master clinician to teach promising young artists.