Cangro Featured in “Teaching Music”

Rich Cangro as he appears in Teaching MusicRich Cangro, assistant professor School of Music, was very surprised to find a large photo of himself in an article in the August issue of Teaching Music, the premiere publication of the National Association of Music Education. In the article “Transitions: How Music Can Build a Bridge from Middle School to High School,” by Susan Poliniak, teaching faculty propose strategies for keeping kids in music programs during a very difficult time of the students’ lives.

Cangro should know. Not only does he teach music education at Western but he is also the director of the Community Music School. Wynton Marsalis says his heroes are music teachers who work with kids. Rich Cangro is one of those people.

Cangro was interviewed for the article, and he says he sent a photo with the Community Youth Orchestra to be included in the article. He just didn’t know the photo would appear quite so large and quite so prominently.

“I think what draws students into an ensemble is a combination of high performance quality and social acceptance,” remarks Richard Cangro, assistant professor of music education and director of the Community Music School at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. “Students are drawn to something they can have ownership of and be proud of. If they see some organization receiving praise or recognition, they are attracted….Cangro, similarly, recommends putting students’ inclinations first. “Music education needs to reflect the needs of the students, not the director or the tradition. Developing a program that includes opportunities to create and respond to music, as well as nontraditional ensembles or non-performance ensembles or classes, is a good start.”

The August issue of Teaching Music also features an article about the very popular TV show Glee and whether music programs are getting a “bump” from the shows popularity. Teaching Music, August 2011

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