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In the Center

What’s Happening…

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind!

Most people who have visited the Wisconsin Center for Music Edu- cation have never seen the unfinished space deemed by staffers as the “Back 40.” This space is intended for future development and is currently home to a neatly organized (thank you Richard Fellenz!) array of stored items, ranging from a collection of past honors materi- als, magazine over-runs and conference folders to bigger items like the Wisconsin Center for Music Education booth. But what might surprise you is that it’s also storage headquarters for the Steinway Piano Bank – an amazing program made possible by Steinway Piano Society in partnership with Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, placing pianos in the homes of qualified children in a six-county region of the state. The program provides children with a quality instrument for practice and performance, while taking piano lessons, at no cost to them or their families. The pianos make a transitional stop in the “Back 40” before they are delivered to homes. Learn all about this won- derful opportunity by going to www.wsmamusic.org/foundation.

Executive Director Michael George joins Steinway Piano Society Executive Director Grant Billings at one of the pianos temporarily stored at the center for the Steinway Piano Bank.

The Wisconsin Center for Music Education is multi-fac- eted, always with much diversity in what’s happening on any given day. In addition to the wonderful profes- sional development opportunities available through the center, people visit for many other reasons, including a chance to peruse selections from the WSMA Festival Music List, Wisconsin School Musician archives and advocacy materials. Spaces like the Pleasant Rowland Innovation Center and Yamaha Technology Lab are configured and reconfigured based on the varied needs of individuals and groups. Committees made up of vol- unteers passionate about their involvement in WSMA, WMEA and WFSM often use the facility as their cen- tral meeting place. Additionally, other organizations and partners frequent the center. Here are some recent happenings:

• WMEA planning session for the 2010 Wisconsin State Music Conference

• Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association meeting

• Resource Center Planning Committee meeting

• WSMA Web Site Development Committee meeting

• WSMA Publications Committee meeting • Resource Center Planning Committee meeting • WSMA Adjudicators Workshop

• New Teacher Center: Analyzing Student Work workshop

• WMTA Board meeting • DPI – Student Center Learning in the Arts meeting

• WSMA High School State Honors Selection Committee meeting

Check out the calendar of events and meetings at the center by going to www.wsmamusic.org/center. Consider holding your next meeting or in-service at the center.

We Welcome Your Ideas!

If you have any ideas or suggestions for programming at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, please call 1-800-589-9762.

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