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WMU hosts two-day arts education symposium

Jan. 18, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will hold its biennial Pioneer Music Educator and Visiting Scholar Symposium Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 24-25.

The symposium includes two events that are open to the public free of charge. Both take place in the University's Dalton Center.

Monday, Jan. 24
Keynote address

Dr. Scott Shuler, visiting scholar for the conference, will give a keynote address at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall. He will talk about "Advocacy: Building Local Support for Quality Music Programs."

Tuesday, Jan. 25
Panel discussion

WMU alumnus Neil Bremer, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will moderate a panel discussion on "Education Advocacy for All" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Room 1116 of the Dalton Center. Representatives from K-12 school systems and state agencies will join Shuler to discuss their thoughts on arts education advocacy. The panel is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, ArtServe Michigan and WMU's School of Music.

Dr. Scott Shuler is an arts education specialist for the Connecticut State Department of Education and national president of the National Association for Music Education. A native of Michigan, he holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and has had a distinguished career as a public school and university music educator. He is a prolific writer and arts advocate, and has championed the cause of music education at the local, state and national levels.

Pioneer Music Educator

Every two years, the Pioneer Music Educator and Visiting Scholar Symposium recognizes someone in Southwest Michigan as a pioneer in music education. This year's honoree is Cynthia Swan-Eagan, a 1980 graduate of the WMU School of Music. Swan-Eagan has taught music at Manistee High School since 1982. She served as president of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and chairman of the board for the Michigan Music Conference. Last year, she was president of the American School Band Director's Association. In addition, she is secretary of the ASBDA Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes band music education research and programs for educators. In 2000, she was voted Michigan's Band Teacher of the Year.

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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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