Nebraska Teacher Honored For Music Education

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Then he brought everyone in for a huddle, breaking with a quick chant of “Cardinal Music” on three. In the same way coaches aim for players’ growth off the field, Thompson said he wants to improve students’ lives beyond music. “Ultimately, I want to reach kids and help enrich their lives for the future in some way with some sort of trait or ethic or moral or value they can keep forever and use in all of their life,” he said. Students respond well to Thompson, Derr said. “First of all, the kids like him and respect him,” he said. “So they want to work for him. Just like any sponsor or teacher.
For more information, visit and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Release Crowd-Sourced Music Video with Phillip Phillips to Save Music Education Programs

“Efforts like this, that inspire creativity and imagination, showcase some of the many things music brings out of each of us. To have the support of an artist like Phillip Phillips behind our cause is a great way to spread the word about the importance of music education and it was great to see all of the amazing submissions that led to the final video!” Phillips led the charge for the campaign, filming a unique Public Service Announcement (PSA) where he delivered the weekly challenge to young people participating in the campaign. “I literally got goose bumps when I watched it for the first time” says Phillips. “The image of young people fighting for music education by engaging with ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ made me incredibly proud. My hope is that the Band Together video will drive advocacy work to save music education programs across the country.” “It’s clear from the final Band Together video that music is a lifeline for young people,” says Farah Sheikh, campaign lead at “We’re proud that we were able to give young people a national platform to express that passion for music education through an exciting and unique offer: starring in a music video with Phillip Phillips.” A panel of and VH1 Save The Music Foundation executives evaluated the video and project entries based on creativity, and overall participation. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation restores instrumental music education programs at public elementary and middle schools across the country.
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Bennett Reimer, NU professor who boosted music education, dies at 81

Northwestern University Music Professor Bennett Reimer

The National Association of Music Merchants puts the number of college music students who have studied his publications in the millions. Worldwide, it would be hard to find anyone better known in the field of music education, said Patrick Freer, an associate professor at Georgia State University and editor of Music Educators Journal. Any graduate student in music would read Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and then eventually theyd read Reimer, Freer said. I would venture every single person who is certified to teach music education in the U.S. has read something that Bennett Reimer wrote. Mr. Reimer wrote about 25 books, including widely used music textbooks for elementary-age kids. He was a hero to many music teachers.
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