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Nazareth Students Earn National Music Education Award of Excellence

Published June 27, 2019

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Advisory Council awarded a national Chapter of Excellence Award to Nazareth College’s music education chapter. NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. The 2019 Collegiate Advocacy Summit was June 17-19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Nazareth was in elite company with other chapter of excellence award recipients including Florida State University, University of Hawaii-Manoa, New Jersey City University, and Oklahoma State University. 

A group of Nazareth students and Keith Koster Ph.D., undergraduate music education program advisor, traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award publicly at the national Collegiate Summit.

The Nazareth students include: Miles Anglin, Morgan Beaton, Emma Clive, Tayler Kochan, Kyla Leno, Noah Martella, Thomas McCartney, and Sierra Taylor.

The Collegiate Summit also included conference sessions on leadership and advocacy culminating with a day spent on Capitol Hill where our students met with our state executive council (NYSSMA) and then members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Our students discussed several things including supporting access to music education for the most disadvantaged students.

“Not only did our students learn the importance of being engaged citizens at the local, state, and national levels,” said Koster, “they also learned how Advocacy and knowledge of state and federal legislation are an important part of being a music educator.”

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

Nazareth music education students pose on the Mall in Washington, D.C. while attending the National Association for Music Education conference.