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The Music Network: Alumni Support Students with Excellence in Music Education Funding

Image of Scott McKee playing trumpet with bandScott McKee, CEO of American Band College:  “The American Band College has been fortunate enough to be able to support over 1,100 band directors, from across the nation and around the world, refine their craft and fully engage their students and communities.  The network and connections we establish are deep and lifelong, and we are delighted to have joined forces with CWU’s outstanding faculty and staff in the Department of Music, College of Arts and Humanities, and School of Graduate Studies.  We look forward to extending our partnership for many years to come and couldn’t be prouder to be Wildcats.  We also are proud to be able to support music at CWU as a donor to the CWU Foundation’s Fund for Excellence in Music Education.”

“Because Central Washington University’s Department of Music is known throughout the Pacific Northwest as an award-winning department that values preparing future music educators, our partnership with the American Band College (ABC) was easy to establish” shared Todd Shiver, Chair.  This partnership brings graduate music education students from all over the country to Washington to receive advanced training from the most notable performers, conductors, and teachers in the country.  This partnership expanded our summer master of music education offerings from 36 students to over 200 students each summer.  CWU Music’s graduate students represent 50% of all graduate students at Central.  After three summers of intensive classes, these students go back to every corner of our country feeling better prepared to meet their music classroom's challenges, and they proudly display their Master's Degree from Central Washington University.

Story by: Katharine Reed, Senior Director of Development

Published: 4/19/2021

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