Education/Community Engagement

Constituency Liaison: Jessica Balboni
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** Please note that Monday, June 6 from 1:00 to 6:00pm is an additional half-day of professional development for EDCE personnel in lieu of a Mid-Year Constituent Meeting this year.  A flat fee of $25 will be charged for these Monday sessions as per the option on the conference registration form.**

Monday, June 6th


Program Evaluation

The development and growth of quality music education and community programs depends on an effective process of evaluating your programs. So what does effective program evaluation look like? How does evaluation relate to assessment and to research? And how do we design our evaluations so that they can be carried out in realistic and practical ways? This session will ground you in the nuts and bolts of designing and implementing effective evaluations. You will learn about the pros and cons of qualitative and quantitative data; how to craft program goals and objectives; methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; and how to report results and make recommendations in compelling ways.

Wendy Barden, music coordinator, Osseo Public Schools; David Myers, professor and director, School of Music, University of Minnesota

An Overview of Arts Education Research

What is current research saying about the impact of arts education on children and adults? Who is making strides in the arts education research world? What subjects are researchers focused on and why? This session will provide you with an overview of some important arts education research so that your education and community programs, and your own research projects, can be informed by the most current and best research. You will learn about studies from the Twin Cities’ Perpich Center for Arts Education, Harvard University/Project Zero, and the Arts Education Partnership, among others.

David Myers, professor and director, School of Music, University of Minnesota; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Pamela Paulson, Ph.D., senior director of policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education

Best Ideas Discussion

Peer-to-peer discussion to share success stories and ideas that have worked for your orchestra in your community.

Ted Wiprud, director of education, New York Philharmonic

Optional pay-your-own-way dinner at 6:00pm       

Tuesday, June 7th


Education Committees:  Exploring Effective Partnerships

Board support is vitally important to keep the education and community agendas front and center in our orchestras. But how we work with our boards varies, and there is an art and science to creating and working effectively with education committees. Some orchestras have also formed advisory committees, which serve a very different function. How can you keep your committees energized and focused on what they can do best? 

Jamie Allen, director of education, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (moderator & presenter); Kathy Gremillion, CIMA, director, cash and lending services, RBC Wealth Management; member, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors; Erin Jude, education manager, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 

Wednesday, June 8th


Successful Family and School Concerts in Every Flavor

There are several different ways to think about orchestral concerts for kids, depending on the audience and the traditions and goals of your orchestra. Explore successful models and develop your own approach informed by your organizational values and knowledge of your audiences.
Moderated conversation by Ted Wiprud, education director, New York Philharmonic; Gretchen Nielsen, director, educational initiatives, Los Angeles Philharmonic   

Thursday, June 9th 


Understanding the New Music Education Ecology

As states continue to experience deep declines in revenue, there is a new political landscape that is not boding well for arts education.  With Congress considering NEA budget cuts and suggested elimination of the entire Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, we are clearly facing some extreme challenges at the federal, state, and local levels. What is our role as supportive partners in music education in this new day of drastically reduced arts education funding? This session will explore some critical partnership strategies with public schools, and other cultural organizations, to promote in and out of school music education, as well as some vital advocacy strategies on a national and local level.

Joanna Cortright, music and arts education consultant; Najean Lee, senior manager, Government Affairs and Education Advocacy, League of American Orchestras, (moderator); David Myers, director, School of Music, University of Minnesota; Mary Schaefle, executive director, Minnesota Music Education; Sheila Smith, executive director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

Moderator: Najean Lee, senior manager, government affairs & education advocacy

Shared session with Youth Orchestras


Evaluation: From Theory to Practice

We understand what we want and need to do in the world of evaluation, but defining the communication "how’s" of evaluation for EDCE programs can often be a great challenge, especially as we work to build effective communication and connection between EDCE staff, development staff, and funders.  In this session, we will discuss the process of designing evaluation strategies that tell the story of EDCE programs and best reflect impact- how do we take what we know has been a powerful program experience and then quantify it for a report that is impactful for our departments, our development colleagues, and funders?

Jim Bartsch, director of education, Minnesota Orchestra (moderator & presenter); Minnesota Orchestra; Sharon M. DeMark, program officer, The Saint Paul Foundation; Delia Kundin, research associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota; Melissa Spencer, assistant director of development, Institutional Support, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Name badges for this event generously provided by TALASKE l Sound Thinking