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Academic Service Learning

AS-L in Music Education

On Tuesday, January 5, 2016 the CWU Horn Club (Jeff Snedeker, adviser) was invited to "French Horn Night" at Morgan Middle School, an event organized by MMS teachers Don May and Noreen Norfleet to recruit French horn players for the school's beginning. Six members of the Horn Club attended, and gave introductory lessons and demonstrations to about 10 students and their families. The event was apparently successful since the band now has a very enthusiastic horn section!

Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Music, was an invited presenter at the 2016 Alaska Music Educators Association conference, January 8-9 in Anchorage. He gave two presentations related to service learning. The first, "Does My District Need a Music Coalition?" combined his own community work as founder and director of the Ellensburg Music Coalition with recent student service learning projects in support of the coalition as part of UNIV 309 in Winter 2014. This presentation explained how music coalitions can work, and explored several examples of music coalitions and music advocacy efforts from the local to national levels.

The second, "University Service Learning and Opportunities for Music Advocacy" provided more details on student projects and results of the same UNIV 309 class, with examples of music advocacy activities and projects embedded in coursework that have been mutually beneficial to students and communities.

Dr. Snedeker also offered a section of UNIV 309 Winter 2016, focused again on music advocacy in communities. Student projects proposed so far include providing meaningful music programs at retirement and assisted living facilities in Ellensburg, examining attrition rates in music classes in Walla Walla schools, measuring student and parent perceptions of contributions music skills make to other academic performance and social development in two schools in Tacoma, organizing and facilitating a musical instrument fund raiser in support of Ellensburg schools, examining transitions in music classes from private preschools to public elementary schools in Tri-Cities, and surveying Ellensburg High School graduates regarding what their music classes have contributed to their lives and careers.

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