Music students organize professional chapter
September 24, 2007

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     A national professional organization for music education students is being formed at Bryan, connecting students with a group that encourages study and performance of music by everyone.Members of the Bryan chapter of MENC are pictured during their organizational meeting.
     Bryan’s 13 music education majors were to elect officers Sept. 24, for their collegiate chapter of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, a group with some 70,000 members nationwide. Professor Kim Keck, with cooperation from Music Department Chair Dr. Mel Wilhoit, is spearheading the organizational effort.           
     “MENC is a perfect fit for music education students because they will find the support needed to meet challenges they will face each year when teaching in public and private schools worldwide. Members receive monthly magazines that will keep them up-to-date with the latest trends and events affecting music education. It also provides awareness of music in our schools, communities, and individual lives.”
     One of the new chapter’s first projects will be to conduct an instrument drive, asking the Bryan and Dayton communities to donate used musical instruments to be refurbished and given to music students who can’t afford to purchase or rent instruments.
     Bryan’s chapter of MENC plans to hold monthly meetings and to sponsor workshops twice each semester with guest speakers.
     While the organization is designed for music education majors, anyone interested in music is invited to participate.