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Date: April-May 2022
From: American Music Teacher(Vol. 71, Issue 5)
Publisher: Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,359 words
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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San Francisco Symphony Releases New Educational Video

The San Francisco Symphony has released a new educational resource, Musical Heroes: Stories of African-American Composers--an exploration of the life, work and impact of Florence Price (1887-1953), William Grant Still (1895-1978) and George Walker (1922-2018), intended for students in middle school and high school classrooms and above.

Hosted by San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the video is a free, hour-long online resource available internationally. The video is divided into three chapters, each 12-15 minutes in length, focusing individually on Price, Still and Walker, providing biographical information and historical context to their music. Each chapter is accompanied by a performance featuring San Francisco Symphony musicians--music from Price's Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, Still's Serenade and Walker's Lyric for Strings.

The Musical Heroes educational and performance videos are supplemented by a teacher's guide with questions and related topics for classroom discussion. For more information visit

Suzuki Association Appoints New Executive Director

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has appointed Angelica Cortez as Executive Director.

An experienced leader in the arts, Cortez succeeds Interim Acting Director Laura Yasuda. Cortez previously served as Interim President and CEO of El Sistema USA, where she led fundraising efforts, strategic partnerships, programming and managed the general operations of the organization.

Cortez holds degrees in trumpet performance and teaching from University of California Davis, Longy School of Music and Bard College.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas is the organization officially licensed by the International Suzuki Association to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America.

Study Reveals Impact of Keeping Music in Schools

A two-year study by Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) found a positive correlation between music education and student engagement, strengthening the evidence base for a sequential, comprehensive approach to music education in public schools.

ETM-LA's mission is to provide and promote music in under-resourced schools as part of the core curriculum for every child to enhance students' academic achievement, creativity and overall development.


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