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    I am currently attending CSI, the Conn-Selmer Institute in Indiana. As a general music teacher and a mentor teacher, my goal in attending over the last three years has been to bridge the gap between elementary general music and MS/HS instrument and choral programs. Connecting curriculum over the course of 12 years is important in our world. Retaining students in music programs through teachers using the same/similar dialogue throughout their music career I believe helps students make connections with ease. (i.e. The HS band director says, “As we work on phrasing, remember how Mrs. James taught you that a phrase is a complete musical thought and she had you arch your arm in the air like a rainbow? Let’s try to match that definition with this phrase with your trumpet–one continual flow of air, no stops, and strength in the tone.”). My question for you… How have you worked with HS/MS instrumental or choral teachers to connect those programs to what you have done so students don’t have to relearn concepts?

    Bridget James
    Western Division Representative
    Council for General Music Education, NAfME

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