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Meet John Jacobson Meet John Jacobson Composing, choreographing, teaching, and performing, John Jacobson has become a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of children and music educators throughout North America and abroad. As a performer, he has sung and danced for children and adults in schools in every state of the union, most Canadian provinces, and many foreign countries. His most recent original recordings, Hop 'til You Drop, Conga in the Kitchen, and Around the World with Me, have quickly become favorites of children everywhere. He has written songs that have been licensed by Sesame Street and performed by their characters in live productions. John is a popular hit with junior high, elementary, and preschool children. As a motivational speaker, John is in constant demand for teacher workshops and faculty in-services as well as school assemblies and student rallies. His motivational tapes and videotapes, To Be a Teacher and If It Ain't Got Heart, It Ain't Art!, are fast sellers in the education field. As a writer and composer, John has published dozens of musicals and musical revues for schools and churches. Thousands of schools across the country perform John's musicals as a part of their curriculum each year. Besides the numerous musicals and single songs, John has also published and sold his educational resource materials including Gotta Sing/Gotta Dance (a how-to book/video on choreography), John Jacobson's Dictionary of Dance, and hundreds of videos for use in music classrooms. John is the founder and president of America Sings, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that creates non-competitive choral festivals. These festivals provide young performers with the opportunity to utilize their talents in service projects and worthwhile causes. Since 1989, more than 100,000 young people have attended these events. John has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Meet John Jacobson Composing, choreographing, teaching, and performing, John Jacobson has become a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of children and music educators throughout North America and abroad. As a performer, he has sung and danced for children and adults in schools in every state of the union, most Canadian provinces, and many foreign countries. His most recent original recordings, Hop 'til You Drop, Conga in the Kitchen, and Around the World with Me, have quickly become favorites of children everywhere. He has written songs that have been licensed by Sesame Street and performed by their characters in live productions. John is a popular hit with junior high, elementary, and preschool children. As a motivational speaker, John is in constant demand for teacher workshops and faculty in-services as well as school assemblies and student rallies. His motivational tapes and videotapes, To Be a Teacher and If It Ain't Got Heart, It Ain't Art!, are fast sellers in the education field. As a writer and composer, John has published dozens of musicals and musical revues for schools and churches. Thousands of schools across the country perform John's musicals as a part of their curriculum each year. Besides the numerous musicals and single songs, John has also published and sold his educational resource materials including Gotta Sing/Gotta Dance (a how-to book/video on choreography), John Jacobson's Dictionary of Dance, and hundreds of videos for use in music classrooms. John is the founder and president of America Sings, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that creates non-competitive choral festivals. These festivals provide young performers with the opportunity to utilize their talents in service projects and worthwhile causes. Since 1989, more than 100,000 young people have attended these events. John has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Hal Leonard Online - Who is John Jacobson?
Joan Tower Joan Tower p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times; min-height: 14.0px} Joan Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. During a career spanning more than fifty years, she has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets; soloists Evelyn Glennie, Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, and John Browning; and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Nashville, Albany, and Washington D.C. among others. In 2019 the League of American Orchestras awarded her its highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League's 74th national conference. Tower is the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission of sixty-five orchestras.    Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony recorded Made in America in 2008 (along with Tambor and Concerto for Orchestra). The album collected three Grammy awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance. Nashville’s latest all-Tower recording includes Stroke, which received a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In 1990 she became the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Silver Ladders, a piece she wrote for the St. Louis Symphony where she was Composer-in-Residence from 1985-88. Other residencies with orchestras include a 10-year residency with the Orchestra of St. Luke's (1997-2007) and the Pittsburgh Symphony (2010-11). She was the Albany Symphony’s Mentor Composer partner in the 2013-14 season. Tower was cofounder and pianist for the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players from 1970-85. She has received honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New England Conservatory, and Illinois State University. She is Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972.
Richard Saucedo Richard Saucedo Richard L. Saucedo retired in 2013 as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chairman at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state, regional and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz and marching band. Under his direction, Carmel's Wind Symphony I performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival three times, and was named Indiana State Champion Concert Band most recently in 2013. The group also performed at the 2005 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Carmel Jazz Ensembles won numerous awards at festivals in Indiana and throughout the Midwest, and the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for 17 years under Saucedo and were named National Champions in 2005 and 2012. The Marching Band was the Indiana Class A State Champion four times. He was named Indiana Bandmasters' 1998-99 Bandmaster of the Year, and Indiana Music Educators Association's 2010 Outstanding Music Educator.  His accomplishments have been highlighted in articles by HALFTIME and SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA magazines. He was inducted into the Music for All Hall of Fame in 2015. Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, choral arrangements, and concert band and orchestral works. He is on the writing staff of Hal Leonard LLC. His compositions have been performed by middle school and high school bands all over the world, as well as by college and university groups. Nocturne, his first work for orchestra, was named most outstanding new composition at the 2009 National Orchestra Cup Festival at Lincoln Center. His most recent orchestra work, Essay #1, was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Clinic. Mr. Saucedo receives numerous commission requests, and will be releasing new works for university, high school and middle school bands throughout 2018-19. He is the author of two DVDs on rehearsing the marching band wind section, and is featured in two DVDs on concert band rehearsal techniques, all available at dynamicmarching.com. Mr. Saucedo travels around the world as an adjudicator, keynote speaker, clinician and guest conductor. He will appear in over 25 states during the 2018-19 school year. In July 2014, he was an adjudicator/clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival, and served as clinician and guest conductor at the Japan Band Clinic in May 2016. In September 2016, he presented at the Australian Band and Orchestra Clinic in Sydney. He was a featured clinician at the 2017 Midwest Clinic and the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association convention. He currently judges for Drum Corps International, and was the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL) from 2000-2008. The Cavaliers won five DCI World Championships during his tenure. He also spent four years as the brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (La Crosse, WI). He is an educational consultant for Music for All and Bands of America. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America marching band competitions. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for United Sound, an organization whose mission is to give special needs students a chance to experience the joy of instrumental music performance through peer mentoring. Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington, and finished his master's degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. He is married to Sarah and is most proud of his two children - his daughter Carmen studied elementary education at Ball State and is now a teacher; his son Ethan is in 5th grade and plays basketball and studies piano and percussion. Publications by Richard Saucedo
NAfME Joins 52 Other National Organizations to Support Arts Education as Essential for Students during COVID-19 Pandemic RESTON, VA (May 27, 2020)--As policymakers plan for school reopening in the fall, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) joined 52 other organizations in a statement that supports an arts education for all students. In the statement, "Arts Education Is Essential," the signing organizations convey that the arts have already played a pivotal and uplifting role during the health crisis and that arts education can help all students, including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups, as students return to school next year. "Arts Education Is Essential" speaks to arts education's role in supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, an area that administrators, educators, and parents have highlighted as essential to student safety and success during the pandemic and as students return to school, whether in-person, online, or in a blended fashion, this fall. Arts education also creates a welcoming school environment and a healthy and inclusive school community, helping students, educators, parents, and the community at large build and strengthen their connectedness during this time of social isolation and social distancing. The statement also reminds the public that arts education is a part of a well-rounded education as defined by the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and supported in state laws throughout the country. Forty-six states require an arts credit to receive a high school diploma, and 43 states have instructional requirements in the arts in elementary and secondary schools. "It is vitally important to advocate for music and arts education now, as school districts and states begin to undertake the challenging task of planning the 2020–2021 school year," said Kathleen D. Sanz, president of the National Association for Music Education. "We need to remind policymakers at all levels, from state legislatures to school boards, that the arts are part of a complete and well-rounded education that every student regardless of background must receive. Maintaining the arts in the schools is critical to continue to help our students with their educational and social and emotional learning, especially for those students in need of support in these difficult times." NAfME has been helping music educators prepare for the return to school in the fall. Advocacy and support efforts include: 1. A "Music Education and Social-Emotional Learning" brochure, outlining how music education can support quality social-emotional learning outcomes for students. 2. Instrument hygiene guidelines in partnership with the NAMM Foundation and the National Federation of State High School Associations, explaining how instruments can be safely returned and cleaned for use next school year. 3. Dozens of high-quality professional development webinars, featuring ways in which to teach music successfully in a virtual setting, as well as additional resources to support standards-based music instruction. 4. A public advocacy campaign to support federal funds to backfill state education budget shortfalls. More than 10,000 letters have been sent to Congress, urging our lawmakers to support public education. 5. A forthcoming guide to school reopening plans, featuring how music can be taught safely and effectively to students both in-person and virtually next school year. The music and arts education community has been active during this pandemic in providing administrators, educators, and other stakeholders guidance and support, as well as forward-thinking planning for music educators and district arts supervisors to take a lead as school districts make plans for the next school year. In any decision about how school districts will operate in the next and future school years, music and arts education will be essential in providing all students equitable educational opportunities that also continue to prepare them for an ever-changing world. To add your voice to this statement, your organization can sign on to the statement by emailing Essential@nafme.org. Signing organizations as of May 26, 2020: Afterschool Alliance American Choral Directors Association American Composers Forum American Orff-Schulwerk Association American String Teachers Association Americans for the Arts Barbershop Harmony Society Carnegie Hall Casio America Inc Chorus America CMA Foundation College Band Directors Conn-Selmer, Inc. D’Addario Foundation Eastman Music Company Education Through Music Educational Theatre Association Give a Note Foundation Hal Leonard Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors’ Consortium Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Education Network KHS America KORG, USA League of American Orchestras Little Kids Rock Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Music for All Music Teachers National Association NAMM Foundation National Art Education Association National Association for Music Education National Association of Elementary School Principals National Association of Secondary School Principals National Coalition for Core Arts Standards National Dance Education Organization National Education Association National Federation of State High School Associations National YoungArts Foundation Organization of American Kodály Educators Quadrant Research QuaverEd Recording Academy The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Save The Music Foundation State Education Agency Directors of Arts Association United Sound, Inc. Varsity Performing Arts West Music Company WURRLYedu Yamaha Corporation of America Young Audiences Arts for Learning YOUnison