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The GRAMMY Museum® | Jane Ortner Educating Through Music Curriculum Awards

Attention K-12 public and private school teachers who integrate music into your classroom curriculum! The GRAMMY Museum is excited to announce the 2011/2012 Jane Ortner Educating Through Music Awards, honoring teachers who use music as a way to teach content standards.

Jane Ortner was a devoted and beloved public school teacher who recognized the critical importance of music in the education of students at all levels. Through the generosity of the Ortner family, The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to honor Jane Ortner’s memory with the establishment of an annual award that recognizes public and private school teachers, from kindergarten through high school, who successfully incorporate music into their classrooms.

The GRAMMY Museum will be accepting original elementary, middle and high school curricula from August 15, 2011 until January 9, 2012. All curricula will be judged by a panel of teachers and music industry professionals based on creativity and teachability. The educator with the best curriculum will win two tickets to the 2012 GRAMMY Awards as well as a GRAMMY Museum admission scholarship for their class during the 2012 school year. Download The Jane Ortner Educating Through Music Curricul Awards Registration Form

via The GRAMMY Museum® :: Education :: Jane Ortner Educating Through Music Curriculum Awards.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.