Music-in-Education National Consortium
The Music-in-Education National Consortium (MIENC) represents a network of universities, arts organizations, school reform foundations, and their partnering schools. Its purpose is to bring about an evolution of music teaching and learning so that music can assume an essential role both in higher education teacher preparation and in public school reform.
In 2007, New England Conservatory received a three-year FIPSE federal grant and an NEA grant to manage this consortium towards the defined set of goals described here.
Guided internships prepare musicians as Artist-Teacher-Scholars who perform, instruct, and conduct research in community-based collaborations between schools of music and public schools.
Research-based validation and endorsement of exemplary practices is shared across the various organizations participating in Music-in-Education Consortium work.
Professional Development Exchange Programs provide a series of visitations, presentations, on-site demonstrations of best practices (and supporting electronic media) among various partnership sites.
The central MIENC website provides an information and distribution center of professional development, research, program development literature, and active communication channels among the local and national partners.
MIENC has now produced several editions of the Journal of Music-in-Education, compiling articles and studies.
Generative professional conferences, institutes, and forums provide structured dialog sessions in order to re-examine school practices with regard to MIENC principles, share new forms of professional development, and meet with decision makers in order to advance change in public school policy.
The principal Consortium members are in Atlanta (Georgia State University School of Music and its Center for Community Collaborations), Boston (New England Conservatory, From The Top), Chicago (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Northwestern University Schools of Education and Music, Ravinia Festival), Durham (Kenan Institute for the Arts at the North Carolina School for the Arts), and New York (Metropolitan Opera Guild, Mannes College of Music).