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Palen Music Center Quick Note
Summer Addendum

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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PAS Percussion Clinics in Kansas City
Lee's Summit High School will be hosting four one-hour mini-clinics with a variety of regional and national artists during the evenings of July 23rd through July 26th.  Artists will include Jon Donald, Kevin Bobo, Doug Auwarter, and Nick Werth.  The clinic series will cover a variety of areas of percussion including hand drumming, marimba, Brazilian drumset, rudimental tenors and vibraphone.  All clinics will last approximately one hour, and are free of charge to the general public.  All clinics will be held at Lee's Summit High School Performing Arts Center. For questions, please contact Chris Treloar, President of the Missouri Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

U.S. House Resolution Supporting School-Based Music Education Passes Unanimously
Resolution Demonstrates Congress' Continued Support of the Importance of Music Education for All Children

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Members of Congress discussed the benefits and importance of school-based music education for children on the House floor today resulting in the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 121. After some discussion, the Resolution was passed unanimously, showing a display of continued support from Congress for music education as part of a complete education for all children.

NAMM recently met with Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Jon Porter (R-Nev.), providing them with research outlining the many social, developmental and educational benefits for school-aged children who receive music education in the school curriculum. Reps. Cooper and Porter presented the bi-partisan Resolution with strong support last year, and this year, more than 25 cosponsors signed the Resolution.

The Resolution states that learning music in schools is important because it develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication and team work; keeps students engaged in school and makes them more likely to graduate; and helps students achieve in other academic subjects such as math, science and reading.

"A lot of folks who have had the privilege of a music education take it for granted," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). "But 30 million or more of our children across this country every day are being deprived of that chance to not only experience the joy of music but as my colleagues have mentioned, the increased and enhanced learning abilities that music offers and also the ability of music to deter people from gangs and drugs and other undesirable activities... Whether it's band or whether it's orchestra or whether it's students on their own learning the guitar or other instruments, it's a wonderful way to not only enjoy life but to enhance their skills."

"My passion for music began in the first grade with my parents' encouragement for which I am deeply grateful," said Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) "It has been the greatest gift. Music brings people together whether it is at church, in school or at a concert. The discipline and teamwork I learned throughout the years, playing individually or collaboratively have been invaluable lessons applicable to every aspect of my life."

"One of the basic reasons that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society," said Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) "The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life. Music helps shape individual abilities and character. Success in society is predicated on success in school. Skills learned through the discipline of music transfer to study skills, communication skills and the cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum. Participation in music brings countless benefits to every individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological, spiritual or physical. I ask my colleagues to support this Resolution and support the next generation of music lovers."

"Research has shown that students' involvement in their school music program is crucial to a complete education," said Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). "Musical study develops critical thinking and self-discipline skills and improves a child's early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills and school attendance. In an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education [outlining] data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, research has found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years showed significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12 regardless of a student's socioeconomic status."

"This Resolution expressing support for music education is a message from the U.S. Congress that music education is a critical element of a complete education for all children," said Mary Luehrsen, director of public affairs and government relations at NAMM. "The Resolution also serves to remind states and local communities to assure access to music education for all students and that music education stands along side other core academic subjects in helping students achieve in school and in life. Music and arts education are, for many students, the reason for coming to and staying in school. This Resolution supports the ongoing work of educators, parents and citizens who believe that music education is not a frill or extra-curricular activity -- it is basic to a whole education for every child."

About NAMM
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

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, Mike Brown, and Zach Houser
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 and Dick Murdock
Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken


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