Press Release – Blood, Sweat, and Tears Combine to Create Model Music Programs

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears” Combine to Create Model Music Programs


Model Music Programs: Ideas for Everyone Now Available From MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education


RESTON, VA (February 25, 2008) — In a nationwide search for model music programs, MENC judges selected twelve programs for special recognition. Model Music Programs: Ideas for Everyone showcases the selected programs in four categories: technology, interdisciplinary and multicultural learning, music for all, and standards-based learning. The U.S. Department of Education funded the original project and more than 150 music educators submitted information about their programs. This book shows how each selected program handles resources, scheduling, facilities, community and booster club support, as well as budget and school administration support.

Model Music Programs: Ideas for Everyone presents practical applications from the selected programs, as well as the best of the rest of the applicants, to share with all music educators. It shows how creative music teachers have built successful music programs in categories such as obtaining outside funding, partnering with the community, serving students with special needs, multicultural and interdisciplinary learning, and collaborating with professionals. In addition, teachers can use the wealth of resources included to replicate the successful aspects of the model programs.

“Filled with pragmatic examples of successful ideas, Model Music Programs: Ideas for Everyone serves as a positive blueprint for all those interested in creating a quality music program in the school setting. It is a first class resource guide based on real-life experiences,” said Tim Lautzenheiser, executive director, Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc, in the foreward.

Three MENC members reviewed all of the original submissions and selected the finalists.
Renee Westlake, past MENC Northwest Division president, Bozeman Public Schools, Bozeman, MT
Nancy Ditmer, past MENC North Central Division president, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
Aurelia Hartenberger, past MENC Southwest Division president, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

The schools included are:
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL (Clark Chaffee, teacher)
Conners Emerson School, Bar Harbor, ME (Rebecca Edmondson, teacher)
East Meadow School District, Westbury, NY (Abby Behr, teacher)
East Ramapo Central School District, Spring Valley, NY (Gail Calisoff, teacher)
Haley Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN (Wendy Bloom, teacher)
Nanuet Union Free School District, Nanuet, NY (Dr. Jack Gremli, teacher)
Nora Davis Magnet School, Laurel, MS (Jodie Austin, teacher)
Page Middle School, Page, AZ (Janice Greisch, teacher)
Rutland City Public Schools, Rutland, VT (Glenn Giles, teacher)
South Eastern School District, Fawn Grove, PA (Carl Barr, teacher)
The Spurwink School: Roosevelt Program, South Portland, ME (Jeff Shaw, teacher)
William Floyd School District, Mastic Beach, NY (Joseph Pergola, teacher)

Model Music Programs: Ideas for Everyone is available from RLE in paperback for $24.95 and clothbound for $60.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.