Education News Holiday 2012

 A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

We are off to a terrific 2012-13 school year. From our Brummitt-Taylor Listening Program, to a field trip with our Young Composers, to a brand new scholarship awarded to one of our students, we have a lot of great stories to share with you.

We have had amazing support from Holly Hermansen, Nevada County’s Superintendent of Schools. She sent us a letter of support just recently which we’d like to share:

“The schools in Nevada County have sustained significant cuts over the last five years. While all of our school programs have been impacted by these cuts, unfortunately art and music programs are often the first to go. For this reason, it is more important than ever for schools and community arts organizations to develop partnerships to benefit our students.

The Music in the Mountains education program is an example of an exceptional partnership that provides high quality enrichment, experiential and educational opportunities for our students that would otherwise not be available.”

Holly has been so supportive of all our offerings. Thank you for your kind words, and all of your great work Holly!

Mark Vance
Education Coordinator


Upcoming Events

December 6
YCP Field Trip to Berkeley Symphony
Concert Info

December 8 & 9
MIM Holiday Concerts
> More

January 13
Piano Recital: Lynn Schugren

February 2
New Songs for Midwinter

The Holiday Children’s Concert

Hey moms and dads: don’t miss our concert for kids. They’ll get to hear some great holiday music sung by the MIM Chorale. And rumor has it that a jolly, bearded fellow in a red suit will make an appearance.

Saturday, December 8, 11:00am
The Amaral Center at the Fairgrounds
Adults $5, Kids Free

Get Tickets Online
or call our Box Office at (530) 265-6124

Spotlight: The Foothill Children’s Chorus

The Foothill Children’s Chorus was established in 2007 at the initiation of Peace Lutheran Church. It is comprised of children grades 3-9 from surrounding counties who learn and perform the best of children’s choral literature.

Artistic Director Catherine Dowling is a well-known music educator in Nevada County, and she asks—and receives—the very best from these talented young singers. The Chorus will be singing for the second year with Music in the Mountains on Dec 8 & 9.

They will present their own holiday concert, “Our Sweetest Songs,” on December 15 and again on January 6. For more information about the Chorus and to buy tickets for their concerts, visit


Tips for getting kids to (voluntarily) practice a musical instrument

‘Tiger Mother’ Amy Chua created an outrage recently when she admitted that she once forced her 3-year-old daughter to practice a complex piano piece over and over again – denying her dinner, water and bathroom breaks – until it was perfected. While Chua’s actions were extreme (some have called it abusive), they raise a good question: Barring duct tape and rope, just how do you get a free-wheeling child to practice a musical instrument? Here are a few tips.

The Richard G. Landis Scholarship 2012 recipient: Phil DiLeo

Congratulations to Phil DiLeo, winner of the inaugural year of the Richard G. Landis “Making a Difference” Scholarship. This award is presented in collaboration with the Penn Valley Rotary Club to a young person who exhibits dedication to both service and music education.

Phil has participated in MIM’s Young Composers Project for the past 10 years (acting as a TA in 2011 and 2012) as well as the Peers Performing 4 Peers program. He completed 2 years at Sierra College and is now at San Francisco State studying Broadcasting.

Great work Phil! We’ll miss you!

Piano Recital: Lynn Schugren

Lynn Schugren, accomplished local pianist and teacher, will play a recital as a benefit for MIM’s Education programs. You won’t want to miss Lynn’s beautiful playing! She will play selections from Bach, Beethoven, Copland, and Chopin. Come hear her at Peace Lutheran Church on January 13th.

Sunday, January 13, 2:00pm
Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley
Tickets $15, Youth Free

Report: Summit for Music Teachers

Our meeting on November 16 was great success! We had a turnout of about 30 music teachers, both public school and private, at Nevada City Winery.

The thrust of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for the teachers to meet and network with each other, introduce them to several MIM music education programs and provide a forum to share ides and concerns. There was some terrific discussion. Some of the many great ideas that emerged were an online forum for music teachers, and a youth orchestra.

Thank you to all the amazing teachers that attended. We are eternally grateful for your dedication and passion in bringing music into the lives of our community’s children.

The beautiful photos of our education programs this year were taken by Jilan Glorfield of 11th and Lombard Photography.



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