The Northern Illinois University School of Music is hosting a Summit on Urban Music Education, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.

Mary Lynn Doherty, assistant director of the School of Music, associate professor of music, and coordinator of music education is the faculty host for the two-day event.

The agenda is:

Friday, October 28, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Welcome and opening small group activities

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Don Stinson (NIU alumni), band director, Joliet Central High School
Keynote: Poverty, Barriers, Music and Success: Understanding and Helping Low-Income Music Students Succeed

6:45 to 7:15 p.m.
Break/Pizza in the Concert Hall Lobby

7:15 to 8 p.m.

Roosevelt Griffin (NIU alumnim), Vandercook College of Music and director of the Griffin Institute for Performing Arts; Bernard Long (NIU alumni), band director, Madison School District, Madison, Illinois and Don Stinson

Panel and Q and A: Teacher introductions, application of keynote to their settings, question and answer with students

8 to 9 p.m.
Bernard Long, band director, Madison School District and Roosevelt Griffin, Vandercook College of Music

Making Connections: Jazz 101

Saturday, October 29, 8:45 a.m. to noon

8:45 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast in the Concert Hall Lobby

9 to 9:45 p.m.
Javier Payano, guitar, ukelele and music therapy for diverse learners teacher, Lane Tech High School, Chicago
Professional Development for Teachers in the Form of Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through the Education in Human Values Program

9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
James Abney-Giraldo, fine arts coordinator, U46 School District
Making Connections: Building Bridges for Students and Communities through Mariachi

10:40 to 11:40 a.m.
Judy Hanson and Veronica Román-Meyer, choir directors, Uniting Voices Chicago
Making Connections: Sharing the Evolution of Uniting Voices (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) Since 1954

11:40 a.m. – noon
Wrap up and evaluation