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SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 6, 2011 Barnes & Noble Statewide Music Day

On Sunday, March 6 the Wisconsin Center for Music Education is teaming up with all 11 Barnes & Noble bookstores in Wisconsin to raise money for music in our schools. If $10,000 or more is spent between the stores, 20% comes back to WFSM.

To draw people into the stores there will be special events happening at 2 p.m. the day of the event. Local student musicians will perform and we hope to have prominent local writers in attendance to sign books.

There will also be a one-week window for online purchases to go towards this cause. From March 6 through March 10 anyone with Internet access can support music education by using the Bookfair ID number 10258226 at the time of purchase.

Also see promo on page 41. x Gifted & Talented Grant

For the third year in a row, WFSM was awarded a gifted and talented grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Following is a breakdown of the grants:


Compile and disseminate handbook for identifying gifted and talented students in music. Still available online at: talented.html


Provide professional development for teachers and administrators


Develop new program opportunities for students who are identified as gifted and talented in music

Nancy Rasmussen, retired music educator from Walworth County, has agreed to serve as a con- sultant in carrying out this year’s grant goals.


Marvin Rabin Selected as Third Recipient of the WFSM Lifetime Achievement Award

Keeping with the tradition of honoring Wisconsin’s biggest movers and shak- ers in music education, the foundation has selected Marvin Rabin as the next recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The first honoree was Les Paul in 2004 and the second honoree was Michael Leckrone in 2007.

Dr. Rabin was informed of this award in late October at the Wisconsin Cen- ter for Music Education through a letter written to him by Dick Wolf, Mike George, Andrea Mauch and Jamie Kember. He was very moved by the honor. A recognition reception is being planned for Saturday, May 21 and a specially- commissioned piece dedicated to Dr. Rabin and written by John Stevens titled, “Fanfare for an Uncommon Man” will be premiered at the spring concert of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra on May 22 at 7 p.m.

Marvin J. Rabin is Emeritus Professor of Music at UW-Madison, founding conductor of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Wis- consin Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is known internationally as a string development specialist. The Marvin J. Rabin Orchestra Library plus a collec- tion of his personal audio and video tapes is housed at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education.


What are your New Year’s resolutions? Why not make “support music” one of your top priorities?

Your time and dedication to music education are to be commended. We often brag that no other state has the commitment to musical excellence like Wis- consin, and that is largely due to our fantastic music educators who devote countless hours to their students, school administrators and board members who make the arts a priority in their districts, and thousands of parents and families who provide endless encouragement.

$500,000 for the 50th In honor of WMEA’s 50th

! anniversary, Wisconsin Foundation for School Music

(WFSM) is raising funds to help support the Wisconsin Center for Music Edu- cation. If 400 music teachers make a pledge of $1,250, we will reach our goal! For this commitment, you will strengthen the ability of the center to continue to be a strong partner in your music efforts. The center will be able to continue offering quality professional development oppor- tunities, experiences that over 500 music teachers have already taken advantage of and many have received credit for their continuing education.

Please visit Campaign.htm for more information and to download a pledge form or give online.

This is one resolution you will want to keep! January 2011

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