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Music for All has teamed up with online musical instruction provider MusicProfessor to bring high-quality lessons to all levels of students, at a special Music for All discounted rate. We’ve heard the current concerns of band directors as they plan for large group instruction, whether in the classroom, remote learning, or a blend of both.

MusicProfessor’s catalogue offers solutions for beginning band teachers whose recruitment efforts and instruction for the start of the 2020-2021 school year may be impacted by COVID-19. Student lessons start from opening their case for the first time, to playing their first melodies, to all-state-level material—including music theory and musicianship skills.

This substantial library of lessons, taught by some of the finest faculty in the country, contains more than 5,000 pre-recorded, high-quality videos for students at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The curriculum covers a wide breadth of instruction for woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), percussion, plus music theory and conducting.

A Teacher Pass gives teachers unlimited access to the entire MusicProfessor content library—over 229 hours of material. Teachers can easily supplement full-time classroom environments by providing access to students in their home and in blended learning environments. Additionally, in conjunction with group plans, teachers can track what content their students are consuming outside the classroom.

“Music for All is glad to collaborate with MusicProfessor and bring these instructional resources to teachers and students in schools throughout America at a deep discount,” said Dr. Jeremy Earnhart, President and CEO of Music for All. “I was so impressed with the quality of pedagogy when I was a fine arts administrator for the Irving and Arlington Independent School Districts near Dallas that we made Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funding available to make these online lessons available to students and teachers.”

Visit education.musicforall.org/instruction and use the Music for All discount code MUSICFORALL to save up to 50% on lessons and bundles.

School and district licenses are also available through Music for All. Contact us for information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.848.2263.

Gracie Moore of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia was awarded The Revelli Scholarship in connection to the 2020 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music education major and who is participating in the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship honors the legacy and memory of Dr. William D. Revelli and his vision for music education.

In addition to being the principal bassoon for the Lake Secondary School Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra for two years, Gracie has performed in the All-District Band for four years, two on clarinet and two on bassoon. As a drum major at Lake Braddock Secondary School, she has a passion for music that she wants to share with as many people as possible and believes music is an important part to a curriculum. She looks forward to becoming a music educator, and hopes to inspire the future generation of musicians!

Congratulations to the 2020 Revelli Scholarship Recipient, Gracie Moore!

Music for All has elected a new member to its Board of Directors, David A. Golden of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Mr. Golden recently retired from Eastman Chemical Company where he served since 1995 as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary. He also has experience in law, having worked at the international law firm of Hunton & Williams prior to joining Eastman.

David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business school having completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program in 2012.

Mr. Golden engages in public service across the state of Tennessee and beyond. In addition to his appointment at Music for All, David also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of East Tennessee University, on the Board of Directors at Ballad Health, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, the Niswonger Foundation, and the Marine Advanced Technology Education Inspiration for Innovation based in California. Other service includes membership on the advisory board of Western Governor’s University and the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy and service on the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments and the Tennessee Business Court Rules Commission. His passions and expertise include topics surrounding leadership, motivation, education, ESG, and sustainability.

“Mr. Golden brings to the Music for All Board a wealth of non-profit experience, including being involved with music programs at the scholastic level,” said Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Board for Music for All. “We welcome him to the Board and look forward to working with him.”

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Music for All is a nonprofit educational organization, with a mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All annually presents more than 50 Music for All and Bands of America programs and events nationwide. Music for All’s programs also include the Advocacy in Actions Awards and educational resources available online at education.musicforall.org.

Music for All’s (MFA) Board of Directors today announced that Eric L. Martin, Esq., C.F.E.E., has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Music for All. Mr. Martin submitted his letter of resignation to the Board on April 15, concluding more than 25 years of MFA leadership.

“It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve Music for All” Mr. Martin said, “and to support and contribute to the achievement and advancement of its mission. There is still much important work to be done and I wish and hope for the best for the entire MFA team.”

“On behalf of the Board, staff, and everyone who benefitted from his leadership, we thank Mr. Martin for his enduring contributions to Music for All,” Gayl Doster, Chairman of the MFA Board of Directors said. “We wish him only the best in all of his future endeavors.”

In accepting Mr. Martin’s resignation, the Board elected Jeremy L. Earnhart, Ed.D, to the position of President and CEO of the organization.

“The election of Dr. Earnhart to CEO is clear indication he has earned the confidence of the entire organization to guide us through what will be challenging times, said Doster. “In the two years that Dr. Earnhart has been with us, he has demonstrated a clear vision, an inspiring sense of operational excellence, and a real passion for music. We could not be in better hands.”

“Even in the most difficult times,” said Earnhart, “few things have the uplifting power of music. Although musicians are staying socially distant now, music brings hearts and spirits together in ways nothing else quite can. What we at Music for All learn during these days will make us stronger in different ways and will enable us to reinforce our fundamental mission of making music available to everyone in the new tomorrows that everyone will share. I’m thrilled to be part of that process.”

The University of North Texas (UNT) College of Music has the largest enrollment for public university music programs in the U.S. and is one of the world's most respected comprehensive music schools.

Its Bruce Hall dormitory is home to the Music & Jazz Living Learning Communities and cultivates a rich, creative environment for all its residents. Since 1964, 100 UNT College of Music alumni have worked on projects nominated for Grammy Awards, and an incredible 53 of those have won the prestigious award.

One of the secrets to student success is supplying them with the equipment necessary to succeed. First-rate practice rooms with advanced acoustical technology fall into that category. To make sure students could get the most out of their practice time, the school partnered with Wenger to install brand new Wenger SoundLok® Sound-Isolation Rooms with the latest Virtual Acoustic Environment (VAE®) technology in Bruce Hall, home to hundreds of student musicians.

Remove and Refurbish

UNT was one of the first schools in the country to install Wenger sound isolation practice rooms. For 45 years, those rooms served thousands of students well. But the rooms were in need of repairs. The college was interested in learning about new features and new technology that new rooms could provide.

“The design had changed significantly over the years, so we couldn’t make repairs in a cost-effective way,” explains Neal Jorgenson of Wenger Corporation. “The fans also weren’t working very well anymore, so it was uncomfortable for the students in the rooms. UNT agreed to install new rooms to give the musicians a much better place to play.”

Records indicated the old rooms had been used 6,700 times in the 2016-2017 academic year alone. It was no wonder they needed replacing.

The process began with a site visit so that Jorgenson could see the existing practice rooms. Right away, he noticed a big problem.

“There were some 9-foot high beams in the rooms that we needed to tear out,” Jorgenson says. “We need at least ten feet of height, so we drew up the plans, got some feedback from UNT, and had to vet everything through the fire marshal. Then we began tearing out the old rooms and making room for the new.”

Install and Instruct

Jorgenson’s team installed 13 Wenger SoundLok® Sound-Isolation Rooms with built-in VAE technology.

VAE technology offers more realistic acoustical simulations, creating the sensation of being enveloped by the sound. This innovative approach enables musicians to hear themselves in various performance venues, from a large recital hall to a cathedral to a small auditorium. VAE allows the musicians to record and play back their practice sessions, helping them adapt and improve their performance. Those recordings can also be downloaded to other devices for sharing or performing accompaniments.

The sound isolation rooms are quieter than any other on the market. They’re also strategically located in the basement of Bruce Hall, allowing its residents to practice at any time of day without disturbing anyone nearby.

VAE technology also allows teachers to follow the assessment strategy recommended in the National Standards for Music Education, and increase their ability to evaluate the progress of more students in less time.

“The students were very excited to explore this technology,” explains Penny Gustafson, Assistant Director of Housing and Business Operations at UNT. “Given the creative drive of our typical music majors, we were confident that these rooms would be beneficial.”

The final step was for a team of acoustical equipment experts to show the students and teachers how to use the system to maximize its benefits.

New Rooms, Clear Sound

The new rooms were a big hit.

“The students love the VAE technology,” Gustafson says. “They particularly enjoy being able to record themselves and track progress over the course of the semester or year. Music professors were also eager to listen to their students’ recordings and offer feedback.”

Gustafson says students have also found the spaces useful for recording podcasts, music for personal projects, or sound clips for film. The rooms are used an average of 500 hours each week. Because of their popularity, UNT had to implement a one-hour limit per person to give all residents an opportunity to use the rooms.

The practice rooms are also used as a recruiting tool, providing a major draw for prospective freshmen music majors and their families when considering their options for undergraduate music studies.

Throughout the process, Gustafson appreciated the customer service Jorgenson provided.

“Neal has been extremely informative, patient, and supportive,” Gustafson says. “When we hit bumps in the road with project management, we called on him to intervene, and he always took care of us.”

Long List of Wenger Products

The SoundLok practice rooms join other Wenger Corporation products elsewhere on campus. The auditorium boasts a beautiful Diva® Full Stage Acoustical Shell to help both performers on stage and audience members hear the best possible sound. The rooms also contain StageTek® seated risers, as well as musician and cello chairs and Wenger’s Classic 50® Music Stands.

Wenger Corporation’s hallmark is to build quality, durable, lasting products that stand the test of time.

SoundLok rooms that lasted 45 years prove the point. And now, the new and improved rooms will serve thousands of future students for many more years to come.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 11:00 PM ET – On Thursday, March 12, the Governor of Indiana issued a mandate that the gathering of non-essential groups of 250 members or more is prohibited. Due to this mandate, Butler University's performance halls and facilities are unavailable to us. We have concluded the Music for All National Festival as of Thursday evening and have completed all musical performances and activities.

Ensembles and participants have been notified and departure arrangements are being made for those on-site.

Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 2020 – With the World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be characterized as a pandemic and with significant changes by national organizations announced Wednesday evening, Music for All has modified the 2020 Music for All National Festival for the safety and well-being of all those involved with our organization.

Music for All has contacted the ensembles who had not yet departed for the Festival to recommend that they stay home and not travel to the event.

We are communicating with the groups who have already arrived and are asking them to work with us to make the best and most effective travel plans home.

With the clinicians who are present, we will offer educational programming to the ensembles who are already in Indianapolis until their early departure.

Indiana’s neighboring state of Ohio has taken extreme precautionary actions, and with the continuing progression of the coronavirus in the United States and globally, the evolution of the situation in the city and state is unknown.

Music for All is deeply saddened to cancel this Festival which is the epitome of scholastic band, orchestra, and choral scholastic learning opportunities in America.

We are thankful for the support and counsel of our local community and everyone involved in the Music for All family.

We are also grateful for the support and ongoing understanding of our participants as we make the best possible decision for them, the organization, and our nation.

Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.

MARCH 9, 2020 – Music for All continues to monitor developments regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Music for All National Festival will proceed as planned, the week of March 10-14 in Indianapolis.

Our attention is focused on the attendees, their safety, and their experience at the Festival. Music for All will continue to monitor the situation and to follow procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health.

Music for All is in communication with the City of Indianapolis, the Festival hotels, and venues about their preparedness and current developments. Music for All participated in a conference call today, Monday, March 9 at 4 p.m. ET with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Federation of State High School Associations, where the CDC gave an update to organizations on the coronavirus response.

On Friday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration after one confirmed case in Indiana of COVID-19 to ensure the state receives additional funding if needed and to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response to coronavirus. This is also a step in making Indiana eligible for federal dollars to respond to the outbreak. (Indiana Office of the Governor, in.gov 03/08/20).

The Indiana State Department of Health also issued an update Friday. We are providing the link to their current information on the novel coronavirus here: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

We continue to recommend that participants traveling to the Festival take these steps recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a communication that was sent to the Music for All National Festival participating directors, honor ensemble member parents, and Festival personnel:

Music for All recognizes that the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is a major discussion issue for many National Festival participants. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Music for All is proceeding as planned with the Music for All National Festival and is monitoring the situation. We are in communication with the City of Indianapolis and our Festival hotels and facilities, who have told us they are implementing best practices in their health and housekeeping efforts. The health and safety of our participants is paramount.

Music for All urges all parties to take precautions to limit the spread of any illness, including while traveling. We will maintain measures during the event to encourage routine practices such as frequent handwashing and everyday preventative actions.

Music for All will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from the CDC.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jeremy L. Earnhart Elected President and COO, Eric L. Martin Continues as CEO

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 28, 2020 – Music for All, Inc. (MFA) today announced Jeremy Earnhart has been elected as the organization’s President and COO effective March 1, 2020.  In his new role, Dr. Earnhart will be responsible for operations while Eric Martin will continue as CEO and focus on advancement and building a sustainable legacy for MFA. “This is a natural time for me to focus my energies on leading efforts to secure the resources needed to provide access to music and arts education for all students,” said Mr. Martin. “I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity to increase our organization’s resources and ability to extend and advocate for access and new opportunities for underappreciated communities.”

Both Dr. Earnhart and Mr. Martin will share responsibility for strategic planning. “The election of Dr. Earnhart to President is a natural next step in a leadership transition for Music for All’s future,” said Gayl Doster, Chairman of the MFA Board of Directors. “This change positions both leaders to focus their strengths on two key elements for MFA’s success now and into the future – operational excellence and strategic sustainability.”

About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.

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