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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS


Augustana College .............................. 9 Bradley University ............................... 5 Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra Explorers ... 3 Columbia College .............................. 84 DePaul University ............................... 1 DePauw University ............................. 53 Eastern Illinois University ........................ 23 Elmhurst College................................ 5 High Note Festivals ............................. 21 Illinois State University ........................... 2 Kidder Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Millikin University............................... 87 NAfME – Advocacy Tips to Share with Parents ....... 77 NAfME – Advocacy Tips to Share with Your Principal... 57 NAfME – Ask the Mentors........................ 84 North Central College ........................... 45 Northeastern Illinois University .................... 85 Olivet Nazarene University ....................... 75 Quintus Productions – Bernie Potter................ 23 Southern Illinois University – Carbondale ............ 83 The Music Shoppe ............................. 17 Universitry of Colorado – Bolder ................... 61 University of Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 University of Missouri – Columbia.................. 63 University of MIssouri – St. Louis .................. 71 Vanderbilt University – Blair School of Music ......... 49 VanderCook College of Music..................... 15 Webster University ............................. 19 Western Illinois University ........................ 65 Yamaha ....................................... 7


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EDITOR’S CORNER Creative by Nature – Encouraged with Nurture


Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.


Norman Podhoretz


Recently back in the classroom to substitute for another maternity leave, I am freshly aware of the creativity of young people. On the second day of class, Ben entered with a wide smile on his face. Using my most fake growl and look of disgust, I barked “What are you smiling about?” Without hesitation he answered, “Because the party just arrived!” I marveled at the truth in his creativity and made sure to encourage that kind of thinking.


Braxton attends my reading class before general music. He was instructed to tell each student as they entered “Take a book” (in corny British butler voice). No sooner had I turned my back and he was off. With sweeping hand gestures he greeted each arrival saying “Take a book (adding) and take your seat!” He has embraced the task by creating a new greeting each day.


At a first meeting of the fifth grade band, I admitted that, in over 40 years of teaching music, I had never taught beginning band. Olivia smiled and encouraged me with “Well . . . then we can all do something new together!”


Te joys of teaching young people are many. Should we limit nurturing creativity to music activities? Conversely, shouldn’t we take every musical opportunity to promote creativity? Certainly sound exploration, improvisation, composing, score interpreting and many other musical activities will foster creativity, but, it can be encouraged at every turn. In this issue our writers explore “Te Creative Mind: Nurturing the Creative Musician.”


Students will bring the party. Will you be a nurturing host? New Brand Identity


Beginning September 1, 2011 you will find a new identity for our national organization. MENC: Te National Association for Music Education has embraced the longer name and will begin using the acronym NAfME National Association for Music Education. Te new name is to be pronounced as you read the letters in the same manor we did with MENC. Look for the new logo and begin to recognize the references in this issue of the Illinois Music Educator.


Bill Froom, Editor Illinois Music Educator publications@ilmea.org 309.224.4628


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