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Monday, January 29, 2007


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What Is Your Mission Statement?
This past Wednesday, January 24th, Palen Music Center sponsored a clinic by Eugene Corporon at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. At the clinic, Mr. Corporon detailed of his philosophies concerning music education. Over the coming weeks, we will spotlight a few of the topics discussed at the clinic.

The first page in his handout outlined the mission statement for the Wind Studies department at UNT. What is the mission statement for your department? Do you have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish? Is your plan for today going to take you closer to your goals? Look through the mission statement below. As you read it, reflect on your last several years of teaching. Are you accomplishing the goals that you want for yourself and your program? Here is the mission statement:

The Wind Studies area, as part of the Division of Ensembles & Conducting of the College of Music, has as its primary mission the preparation of instrumentalists and conductors for professional careers in performance and education. It is our goal to provide a program that will develop well-rounded musicians who are prepared to face the challenges of an ever-changing musical world. In addition, we are directed toward maintaining a leadership role locally, nationally, and internationally. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, we seek to:

Expand the technical, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual horizons of musicians.

Promote the highest performance standards that result in soul-to-soul music-making.

Prepare for the music of the future by exploring the music of the present while preserving the music of the past.

Increase the awareness of the artistic and historical significance of music for winds and percussion.

Create a positive music-making environment that allows the knowledge gained in the studio to be applied to the ensemble performance.

Provide a balanced experience that promotes creativity, flexibility and versatility in each musician.

Preserve the repertoire of the medium that has become a uniquely American art form.

Broaden the concept of performance and teaching skills by encouraging creative thought and artistic interaction.

The Wind Studies area has an important secondary mission, which is to provide University students, staff, and faculty with an avenue to continue their involvement in the performing arts. The department is committed to the concept of maintaining groups that encourage those who do not have career plans in music to develop the aesthetic self in addition to the academic self. We are dedicated to the education of the whole human through our involvement in the University community at large.

For more information, please visit the University of North Texas Wind Studies website. Palen Music Center would like to thank Eugene Corporon for permission to use this material.

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


(417) 882-7000
Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown
Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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