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that some charter schools and virtual schools would receive more funding increases than traditional districts like Royal Oak. He mentioned a for-profit charter school opening up in a strip mall storefront down the street that would receive a higher per-pupil increase than his school district, and tied the issue to the summit by discussing how districts like his invest in arts education while many charter schools do not.


Several other issues came up frequently among invited pan- elists and the audience members. PMEPD founding member Ken Moore was one of several attendees who raised the is- sue of whether the value of arts education lies in its inher- ent benefits or its instrumental benefits—that is, its ability to teach life skills or to help with mathematics and reading achievement. Moore expressed his feeling that the arts may improve other outcomes but should always be advocated for on the basis of their inherent value. In contrast, several of the invited guests spoke passionately on the extra-musical ben- efits of music education. State Board Representative Ellen Weiser, a classically trained pianist, talked about how music can help students to understand fractions. State Board Presi- dent Austin and Representative Zemke both talked about the economic power of the arts. Both spoke about how the de- sign engineers at Chrysler had used their artistic ability to create vehicles that brought jobs and money to the state. An audience member brought up a Detroit Symphony Orchestra


concert—scheduled for the evening of the summit—that had sold out in less than 20 minutes, citing it as an example of the arts’ economic value.


Closing Remarks and Next Steps for the PMEPD PMEPD President Rick Catherman offered closing remarks at the end of the summit, and praised the audience for giving up their Saturday to attend the event. He especially lauded the young teachers and few pre-service teachers who at- tended, suggesting their presence especially gave him hope. Catherman suggested that though the summit was only a first step in bringing together those concerned with music educa- tion policy, he was encouraged by the opportunity to petition directly the lawmakers and board members. Next steps for the group, Catherman noted, included monitoring the teach- er evaluation legislation and putting together a presentation on the elementary music mandate, to be delivered at a Fall 2014 meeting of the State Board of Education. To learn more about the PMEPD’s policy proposals and the policy summit, please visit the group’s website at www.pmepd.weebly.com.


Ryan Shaw is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music edu- cation at Michigan State University. Before work at MSU, Ryan taught 6th-12th grade band in Berkley, Michigan and Cedar Springs, Michigan for 6 years.


EVENT Fall General Music Workshop NAfME In-Service Conf. & Honor Ensembles


FAME EVENTs: 1. Elem. Improv. (Shannan Hibbard) 2. Chapter Share


3. African Music (Josh Palkki)


Elementary Choral Festivals (5): 1. Upper Peninsula 2. Upper Central MI 3. Lower Central MI 4. East MI 5. West MI


Michigan Music Conference (MMC) MMEA Breakfast Meeting Honors Composition Concert Instrumental Clinic Collegiate Conference


Elementary Honors Choir Rehearsal Elementary Honors Choir Performance Michigan Youth Arts Festival NAfME National Assembly


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2014-2015 MMEA Calendar DATE


October 18, 2014


October 26-29, 2014 November 8, 2014


March 7, 2014 May 2, 2014


October 18, 2014 November 8, 2014 November 8, 2014 November 22, 2014 February 21, 2015 January 22-24, 2015 January 24, 2015 January 24, 2015 March 7, 2015 March 21, 2015 March 7, 2015 March 21, 2015 May 7-9, 2015 June 24-29, 2015


LOCATION Ypsilanti (EMU) Nashville, TN


U of M Flint Grand Blanc U of M Flint


Sault Sainte Marie St. Johns (SJ MS) Jackson (MC HS) Beverly Hills (DCD) Muskegon (RP HS) Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Fowlerville HS


East Lansing (MSU) East Lansing


East Lansing/Okemos Kalamazoo (WMU) Tysons Corner, VA


Members and Non-Members welcome! Please visitwww.mmeamichigan.org OR call (517) 748-6518 for more information on these and other great things happening at MMEA!


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