Karen McDonough is a freelance writer based in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. She is the founder of World Arts Today, an online magazine dedicated to the performing arts.

Case Study: Private School Outreach

When busloads of middle school students with the Mater Dei Music Academy pull up to Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm, motivated young musicians disembark, ready to perform and have fun. After their concert, they enjoy the rides at these Orange County, California, theme parks.

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Mater Dei's Mentor Program

In Case Study: Private School Outreach, we learned about the Mater Dei Music Academy. The middle school students in the program join the Mater Dei High School band — a close-knit group of about 50 — for several performances throughout the year. To form a cohesive unit among students from a variety of schools and ages, Taylor Smith — director of the Music Academy and associate band director at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California — created a mentorship program.

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7 Ways to Help Band Directors Tackle Strings Education

Even the most accomplished band directors can feel a bit out of their league when teaching strings for the first time.  

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