2014-2015 Weekly Convocations
The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of disciplines. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.
Convocation: Brenda Brenner
Music educator has done ground-breaking work with underprivileged and underachieving students in low-income neighborhoods.
Brenda Brenner, associate professor of music (music education) at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, drew international interest with her ground-breaking work with underprivileged and underachieving elementary students in Bloomington. Through an outreach program supervised by Brenner, first-graders at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington are taking violin lessons three times a week throughout the school year. Fairview Elementary serves low-income Bloomington neighborhoods; approximately 90 percent of its students qualify by family income for free or reduced-price school lunches. Brenner’s research through this program is looking at whether kids are more likely to attend school when they have violin class; parental involvement in school and attitude toward school improves; WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) cognitive test scores taken at the beginning and end of the year (compared with a control group from Bloomington's Highland Park Elementary School) improve; participation in the program has an effect on cognitive development. The title of her presentation is "Finding Our Shared Humanity: Cross-Cultural Connections in Music."
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