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Loyola University College of Music Announces a Texaco Foundation Grant for early Note Music education project

Loyola press release - September 26, 2000

(New Orleans)—New developments in Loyola University New Orleans' Music Education program will be announced by Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, Anne T. Dowling, president of the Texaco Foundation, and a New Orleans Public School representative at a joint news conference on Wednesday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Dixon Court located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that the Texaco Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the College of Music for a preschool music curriculum training program. As a result, a three-year initiative to design, implement, and assess integrative pre-kindergarten through kindergarten music curriculum will begin this fall through the Partnerships in Education Office, in collaboration with New Orleans Public Schools (NOPS) Music Department, Title I, and Loyola’s College of Music.

During the three-year period, early childhood music instruction will be made available for approximately 810 students in six Title I elementary schools in the Orleans Parish School System. The program will be piloted at Lafayette Elementary and subsequently move into Crossman, Dunbar, McNair, McDonough #32, and Rosenwald schools in years two and three.

All classes will be taught by certified music teachers specializing in early childhood education under the supervision of Professor Gwen Hotchkiss, chair of Music Education at Loyola University. Parents will be invited to attend workshops and training classes.

The objective of this collaborative effort is to enhance student performance in regularly assessed content areas of math, science, and reading through integration with music instruction. Content will be integrated into NOPS existing curriculum and consistent with the state and national standards and benchmarks for music and other curricular areas.

The program will be monitored and assessed regularly by teachers enlisted in the project and through authentic assessment measures implemented in this district.

The funding sources collaborating to make this music education possible are the Texaco Foundation, Loyola College of Music, and New Orleans Public Schools Title I.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music, founded in 1932, gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses in the only college of music conducted by the Jesuit fathers in the United States. The college's reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu; or Kristine David at (504) 861-5888, or via email at david@loyno.edu.