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Classical music education: Do you know an outstanding K-12 music educator? You can nominate him or her for a new award given jointly by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Ward-Brodt Music Mall.

October 17, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

Do you know an outstanding K-12 music educator, in a public or private school, in the Madison area who deserves public thanks and recognition?

Then you might want to read the following.

Michelle Kaesbisch (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot), the director of music education for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the new successor to retired conductor Thomas Buchhauser in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO), has sent The Ear the following message:

Michelle Kaebisch WYSO cr Katrin Talbot

“We are trying to get the word out about our new Award for Excellence in Music Education, and are hoping that you might be able to put a short blurb in an upcoming blog about it.

“The MSO (below top) and Ward-Brodt Music Mall (below bottom) feel that it is extremely important that teachers be recognized for the outstanding work they are doing in our local schools.

John DeMain and MSO from the stage Greg Anderson

Ward-Brodt kids depot

“Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque AND a cash prize of $500. Since no self-nominations from teachers will be accepted, we really need help getting the word out to parents, students and community members.

“Below is what we put in the Wisconsin Music Educators Association’s September newsletter.”

The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Ward-Brodt Music of Madison are thrilled to co-present an Award for Excellence in Music Education! An annual award designed to celebrate outstanding music educators who advocate for the success of their students and champion in-school music education.

Ward-Brodt Logo

The recipient will receive both a commemorative plaque and monetary award.

This award is open to current K-12 public or private school teachers of band, choir, orchestra or general music classes who teach within a 75-mile radius of Madison, Wisconsin.

wyso violas

Nominees for this award must display leadership, passion, dedication and innovation within the music classroom. For more information:

“Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated!”

So there it is! Think about it and send in your nominations.

It sounds like a great opportunity to recognize outstanding music educators in the Madison area. You trust Michelle Kaebisch’s judgment, as you can tell from this link to her MSO profile:

And given the political football that teachers have become over the past decade or two, The Ear says it is a public recognition that is well deserved.

To the Madison Symphony Orchestra and to Ward-Brodt, The Ear can only say: Bravo! Bravissimo!

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