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Partners in Music Wins 2015 Community Engagement and Scholarship Award

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Fifth graders rehearse at Blue Band Building as part of Partners in Music program

Partners in Music, a program that pairs Penn State students in the School of Music with elementary-age students, has received the 2015 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an award that recognizes a project that best exemplifies Penn State as an “engaged institution,” which the Kellogg Commission defines as an institution that has redesigned teaching, research, and extension and service functions to become even more sympathetically and productively involved with its communities.

Established in 2007 by Penn State professors Linda Thornton and Robert Gardner in conjunction with Park Forest Elementary School Band Teacher Roy Schaeffer, the program has benefitted more than 1,240 students. In 2014, 185 fifth-grade students, 13 senior music education students, two graduate music education students and all of State College Area School District elementary instrumental music teachers participated in the program. For the full story, click here.