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The Center for Educational Partnerships is increasingly recognized as a conduit for artistic excellence and innovation in urban music education. The Center for Educational Partnerships unites university music faculty and undergraduate/graduate music students with the greater education community in a collaboration that advances the role of music in school culture and prepares strong leaders to teach in diverse and interdependent contexts. Drawing on Atlanta’s unique community resources, the relationship created by the Center fosters relevant and engaging music-making for all learners throughout the lifespan.

Current Center programs and projects include:

  • Sound Learning: Developed by Dr. David Myers in 1999, Sound Learning is a K-5 music integration residency program (integration of music with other core subjects) resulting from collaborative partnership with the Center, Atlanta-area schools and professional musicians including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and GSU faculty and students.

  • Inspire: Taking its cue from Connect projects at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance in London, United Kingdom, the Inspire project is an example of performing arts-focused curriculum integration between music, theater, and dance. It results from collaborative partnership with the Center and Atlanta-area schools. The focus is upon the development of original music through thematic development.
  • GSU Library/Johnny Mercer Foundation American Music 1900-1950 Partnership: This program enables graduate students in music education to receive graduate assistantships to develop curriculum for Atlanta-area music classroom that focuses on American Music 1900-1950. The GSU Special Collection library archives and librarians work in partnership to enable contact with primary archival resources to be used with curriculum development and delivery.
  • Race to the Top STE(A)M Grant: This grant puts the arts into STEM and is shared with Atlanta-area schools an the Georgia Institute for Technology. The GSU project that comes from this grant is a music technology program partnership with a school and the university. The program focuses on children producing original music through the use of iPad applications, NoteFlight music notation program, and the multi-media children’s coding program, Scratch.