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May 17, 2018
In New York, students of color lack access to advanced coursework, new analysis finds
New York’s black and Latino students are denied access to advanced coursework, including math, science, music, and foreign language classes, according to a new analysis.
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
Week In Review
June 30, 2017
The week in review: Goodbye, EAA and master teachers. Hello, Alycia Meriweather and Big Sean
Long-struggling schools in a special turnaround district are returning to Detroit’s district — just as new schools chief Nikolai Vitti shakes up the central administration.
How I Teach
April 26, 2017
Live, from Music City, an elementary school teacher presents life lessons with a beat
Nashville elementary school teacher Christopher Blackmon is one of 31 educators nationwide named 2017 Music Teachers of Excellence by the Country Music Association.
September 17, 2015
'Superman' a hero at connecting music, math and reading
Expectations for what kids should learn in art and music have stayed the same since 2012. Even so, teachers are doing things differently to keep pace with other subjects.
May 15, 2015
IPS restores instrumental music offerings to schools
IPS has reversed its decision to cut some instrumental music programs next year.
May 13, 2015
Music cutbacks at some IPS schools anger parents
The changes mean each elementary school will have one full-time music teacher. But some programs will be cut.
August 1, 2008
Summer Music Camp at the Manhattan School of Music
Desmond Sam and William Guiracoche in rehearsal for the camp musical, Aladdin Jr. Photo by Brian Hatton. First in a series on free summer opportunities for New York City students. Coming soon: The Summer Arts Institute at Stuyvesant High School. More than 100 middle school students sit scattered throughout an auditorium at the Manhattan School of Music, clapping and cheering as names of students selected to perform in a concert are announced. Joanne Polk, the Dean of MSM's Precollege Division, shares a funny moment from one of the students concert sign-up sheet. "When I wrote 'How long is your piece?'" she says, "You wrote, 'It depends on how musically I play it.'" She finishes the morning announcements with a reminder about "Twin Day" that coming Friday, and the children stream out of the auditorium, many carrying instrument cases. Musically talented 6th through 9th graders come from public schools all over the city for the Manhattan School of Music's Summer Music Camp, where they study ensemble performance, music theory, and ear-training, take lessons in their particular discipline, and explore improvisation, conducting, composition, and more through electives. Mornings are for classes; afternoons are for extracurricular activities like marching band, ballroom dance, and acting classes. Rebecca Charnow, director of MSM's Young People's Division, says the camp is an important opportunity for middle school students, whose schools may have cut arts programs due to an increased focus on testing in mathematics and reading.
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