Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details Joshua Gibson at [email protected]. Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.

You are invited to participate in a study called “Adapted Lessons in Music Therapy and Music Education: A Comparative Thematic Analysis.” The purpose of this study is to understand the use of adaptive lessons by Music Educators and Music Therapists and how their theoretical backgrounds and experience informs their decision-making. Volunteers are currently being recruited to participate in this study, which will involve being interviewed about your experience providing adaptive music lessons. This interview will last approximately 1 hour. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Nicole Hahna, Ph.D., MT-BC ([email protected]), Vern Miller, MMT, MT-BC ([email protected]), or Christina Eisenreich ([email protected]).

Our study has been approved by Slippery Rock University’s IRB (see attached file). Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Given the social and political climate in America World Unity, Inc.’s campaign, “Singing Equality across America,” is needed now more than ever!  Two years ago we sponsored a national songwriting contest inviting singers songwriters across the country to write a song to help individuals become more self-aware and overcome their prejudices and biases. The winning song, “We All See the Stars,” by John Ciambriello was performed at the United Nations Sept. 26, 2015.  It was first performed in Massachusetts by 100 students from the Plymouth public schools and the South Shore Conservatory in a fundraising Concert for the African Children’s Choir.


We’re reaching out to the directors of Music and Fine Arts in school districts across the country to invites them to introduce our song to the teachers in all their schools. Imagine if all the students in your community, your state and the nation heard this song what could happen? 


Video of song: This video is of 100 students performing the song in a concert at the Plymouth North HS April 2015. 


Register for a copy of the music sheet at:


Please consider:  While we are offering this free to everyone if you believe more children and communities across this nation needs to be exposed to this song we hope you’ll consider offering whatever donation you’d like to empower us to reach out to school districts, charters schools, colleges, universities, institutions and organization across the country.  No one right now is looking for a song to help us overcome our prejudices and biases  We’re offering this powerful song to help our nation and world value all people. Whatever donation you’d like to make is appreciated.  Thanks for your consideration.  You can just donate here.

Dear Pennsylvania Music Educator:


In a few days, you will be asked to complete the Beginning Music Teacher Mentoring Questionnaire.  This survey is part of my music education dissertation project on the impacts of mentoring programs.  You have been contacted in the hopes of reaching music teachers in years 1, 2, 3, and 4 of their careers in Pennsylvania.  If you are a music teacher in years 1-4, you will be asked to please complete the forthcoming online questionnaire.


Your participation, which is only a minimal time commitment, consists of completing two short surveys: one in December 2016 (7-9 minutes) and one in March (6-8 minutes).  All information you provide will remain confidential.  It is important to answer honestly, as your responses will inform our profession about the specific benefits of mentoring programs.


Additionally, 100 survey respondents that elect to complete both the December 2016 and March 2017 versions of the survey will be eligible for a 5 USD Starbucks gift card, and one survey respondent that completes both survey administrations will receive a 50 USD Visa gift card.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or at (573) 999-2212.  Thank you in advance for your information on this important project!




Bryan Koerner

Ph.D. Candidate in Music Education

University of Colorado Boulder

Warren County Summer Music School ispleased to announce its fourth annual Promising Young Composers Competition.

The application and information canbe found at

Original, unpublished compositions,vocal or instrumental, by composers ages 15–18, 19–23 and 24–30 must bereceived by March 1, 2017, in order to be considered for a $1,000 prize as wellas $250 age group awards.

Attention Creative Individuals — We Want You!
The National PTA is currently looking for reviewers to participate in the 2015-2016 Reflections Arts Awards program. This year’s theme, Let Your Imagination Fly, has ignited amazing artwork from students around the country. and we need your help!
We are seeking creative professionals, like yourself, with a focus in the areas of:
  *   Dance Choreography
  *   Film Production
  *   Literature
  *   Music Composition
  *   Photography
  *   Visual Arts
Adjudication will take place online and will be from March 14-28. If you are interested in being a judge for the National PTA Reflections Arts Awards program, review this call for reviewers<>
and complete the National PTA Reflections judge interest form<>.
To explore additional recognition opportunities for support organizations<>, contact [email protected]<mailto:Ref[email protected]>.