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Philip Desrosiers and Sacred Heart School in East Providence, Rhode Island
Congratulations to Phil and his students for being recognized in the Catholic School Center of Excellence website. "During a time when many schools are placing their emphasis elsewhere, Sacred Heart School in East Providence, Rhode Island, has developed a successful music program. The school and community have been supportive of the arts, not only promoting them in school, but also integrating the band and chorus in liturgical celebrations, concerts and music festivals." To read the entire acknowledgement please click here!
The above video is from the Sacred Heart School 2018 spring music concert.
Dr. Caron Collins, college students from The Crane School of Music, and the St. Mary's School Band in upstate, NY participated in a research study, Addressing Diversity through Democracy in Performing Ensembles. Culturally Responsive Teaching theory was combined with the Curious, Collaborative, Creativity approach to construct a meaningful student-centered music curriculum. Students selected the music they wished to learn and teachers designed activities based upon their students' cultural background and interests. Results indicated that students were more engaged in music making, improved performance skills, and retained valuable knowledge. Their research was presented at the 2018 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Their handout from the research conference is available HERE.
The Quincy Notre Dame High School Band, Pam Potter, Director, performed Veteran's Day Ceremonies at the Illinois Veterans Home each year for over 35 years. This picture taken in 2010 before Pam's retirement in May of 2011.