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The State of Music Education in Iowa Public Schools

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The Midwest Children’s Choir Festival, sponsored by the Ames Children’s Choirs, is still accepting applications for select Iowa singers in Grades 5-7 (unchanged voices).  Each choir director may select up to 10 singers to participate in the festival mass choir.  Dr. Sandra Snow will serve as the festival clinician and will conduct the mass choir in Stephens Auditorium in Ames on April 24, 2015.  For more information and registration forms, contact Shon Stephenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-290-1422.

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I wanted to inform you about an exciting new symposium that the University of Northern Iowa will be hosting in 2015. The Autism and Arts Education Symposium (April 24-25, 2015) is a 2-day conference that features research, practice and showcase in the arts and autism. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together researchers, educators, practitioners, parents and support professionals who specialize in arts education for children with autism with the purpose of sharing ideas and learning more about the benefits of the arts for children with autism.

Read more: 2015 Autism and Arts Education Symposium at UNI - April 24-25, 2015

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We are writing to invite you and members of the Iowa MEA to join us at the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation, to be held February 18-21, 2015 at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. This event is endorsed by the National Association for Music Education and the International Society for Music Education.

Read more: 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education

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Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence

Grammy Award-winning composer and violinist Mark O'Connor discusses the importance of teaching classical music to children on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: YouTube/Mark O'Connor

American education is in perpetual crisis. Our students are falling ever farther behind their peers in the rest of the world. Learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions, affecting as many as one in five of our children. Illiteracy costs American businesses $80 billion a year.

Many solutions have been tried, but few have succeeded. So I propose a different approach: music training. A growing body of evidence suggests that music could trump many of the much more expensive "fixes" that we have thrown at the education system.

Plenty of outstanding achievers have attributed at least some of their success to music study. Stanford University's Thomas Sudhof, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine last year, gave credit to his bassoon teacher. Albert Einstein, who began playing the violin at age 6, said his discovery of the theory of relativity was "the result of musical perception."

Until recently, though, it has been a chicken-and-egg question: Are smart, ambitious people naturally attracted to music? Or does music make them smart and ambitious? And do musically trained students fare better academically because they tend to come from more affluent, better educated families?

New research provides some intriguing answers. Music is no cure-all, nor is it likely to turn your child into a Nobel Prize winner. But there is compelling evidence that it can boost children's academic performance and help fix some of our schools' most intractable problems.

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