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Loyola University College of Music hosts "a chorus of viewpoints on music education," a panel discussion

Loyola press release - September 26, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans, Harper’s Magazine and Texaco Foundation will host a panel discussion titled, A Chorus of Viewpoints on Music Education, on Wednesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Panelists will include Dr. Billy Taylor, pianist, recording artist, composer and music educator; Dr. Linda Page Neelly, director, Early Childhood Music, the Metropolitan Opera; Anne T. Dowling, president, Texaco Foundation and Early Notes the Sound of Children Learning—Music Education Initiatives; Dr. Wendy Hicks Valerio, director, Children’s Music Development Center, University of South Carolina; Moses George Hogan, artist-in-residence, Loyola College of Music; and Hurley Blanchard, drummer, recording artist, and music educator. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Edward Kvet, dean, Loyola College of Music. The panel discussion will be followed by a special musical performance.

Panelists will discuss the impact of early childhood music education. Many studies have explored music’s astonishing and wide-ranging benefits—from higher IQ and SAT scores to improved attention span and self-confidence. Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for audience members to respond to and ask questions of the panelists.

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.

The panel discussion and performance are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Please call (504) 865-3037 for reservations.

For more information, Loyola contacts Kristine David at (504) 861-5888 or Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or Harper’s Magazine contact Ellen Ryder at (212) 226-6563.