March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Friday, March 8

11:00am PST

Building Community Connections with Music! Impact and Engagement Through Music Nonprofit and Service-Learning Courses
The arts, by their nature, embrace diverse ways of knowing. Today’s musicians must be able to create their own audiences and community-based musical endeavors in order to communicate, learn, grow, and maximize their creative opportunities. This workshop examines the impact of two community engagement-related music courses. Music Studies Integration is a Service-Learning course in which students develop group projects which meet the needs of a community partner. Nonprofit Music has students building hypothetical nonprofit organizations in teams, addressing various aspects and functions of management. It is rare for a university to offer this particular combination of coursework. Alumni have gone on to employment with nonprofits and have cited these courses as being essential to their growth. We will present a case study on impactful service-residencies involving the Lennon Bus in 2014, 2017, and upcoming in 2019. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a nonprofit organization featuring a state-of-the-art mobile audio and video recording studio which tours the United States promoting music education. Interactive discussions will address audience questions on effective partnership building and will brainstorm possibilities for student community engagement. The presenters are key participants, from Cal Poly Pomona and Pomona Unified School District, in the coursework and residencies.


Dave Kopplin

Professor, Music Department, Cal Poly Pomona
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Michael Millar

Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona
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Laura Solis

Program Administrator for Accountability and Assessment, Pomona Unified School District

Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm PST