Last summer, New England Conservatory hosted the first Learning Laboratory School Network national conference, titled Advancing Music in Changing Times, which served as a networking opportunity for participant schools. In joining the LLSN (pronounced â€œListenâ€), these schools collaborate with arts organizations and institutions of higher education to develop research-based and research-generating practices based on the principles and practices of the Music-in-Education National Consortium.
The shared theme of every school in the consortium is that music programs need to feature (a) authentic, challenging learning experiences and skill development in the context of sequential music instruction; (b) diverse avenues of music experiences that include listening, composition, improvisation, and reflective thinking processes, as well as performance skills; and (c) interdisciplinary connections based on fundamental concepts of music and music learning that are vital to cognitive, social, and personal development. LLSN Schools are centers of inquiry, documentation, evidence, and reflection which provide shared research-based programs demonstrating the value and sustainability of such Music-in-Education programs in public schools.
LLSN schools are dynamic laboratories where rigorous standards are advanced by research that is supported by all participants, where accountability is welcomed, and where the level of student work and teacher professional development empower the school to become a professional development center for the entire LLSN Network.
A report commissioned by the International Foundation for Music Research, â€œNew Ventures in Music-Integrated Learning, will be released this month by the Research Center. This report demonstrates how musical literacy skill development in a school with 41% ESL students and 97% high poverty families is positively linked with language literacy skill development.
Pictured: Ted Wiprud (Director of Education, New York Philharmonic) and Dr. David Myers (Assoc. Dir., Georgia State University School of Music). Photo courtesy of Randy Wong.
Learn more about the MIENC at its website, www.music-in-education.org.