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Instrumental Music Education Conference Hosted at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Members of the music education community are invited to attend the Ithaca College Conference on Instrumental Music Education, taking place Sunday­–Tuesday, June 29– July 1, at the James J. Whalen Center for Music. The conference will feature panel and roundtable discussions, syllabus sharing and a rehearsal master class with the Ithaca High School Concert Band.

Sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association, Paynter Foundation and Ithaca College School of Music, the conference will focus on traditional and contemporary methods of developing future music educators.

 “We are honored to have been selected to host this event,” said Mark Fonder, professor in the Department of Music Education. “There is a strong history of strengthening and supporting instrumental music in the public schools with this group, and it is a real honor to be recognized as one of our country’s finest music education programs in that regard.”

Karl Paulnack, dean of the School of Music, will deliver the keynote address. Session topics will include “Conducting Techniques,” “Technology in Music Education and Rehearsals,” “Assessment in Music Education” and “Public School Music Curricula.”

The registration fee for the conference is $80. For more information and to register, visit or contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at (607) 274-3256 or