K-12 School Partnerships

Supplemental Music Programming for Minnesota Schools: In Person or Live Online

Empowering Schools. Strengthening Programs. Propelling Students.

MacPhail Partnerships provide customized, innovative, and relevant music education programs for K-12 schools.

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About K-12 School Partnerships

MacPhail School Partnerships enrich the lives of young people and their families in Minnesota by providing unrivaled in person or live online instruction in tandem with a Minnesota school. Our staff works with a school’s music teaching artist and/or administrators to develop customized programs that provide relevant and compelling music education to strengthen student learning. Programs are individually designed for each school to create custom supports that enable children and youth to succeed.

If your school’s music program faces barriers such as funding, location, transportation, scheduling, music teaching artist shortage, and/or limited resources for program or staff development, then a school partnership may be beneficial.

The MacPhail School Partnerships Advantage

Why MacPhail Center for Music?

MacPhail Center for Music is the largest community-based music school in the nation. Founded in 1907 as a school to teach violin, MacPhail has evolved and grown to become a comprehensive community music center working with over 16,000 student musicians of all ages throughout the state of Minnesota annually.

The award-winning School Partnership program began in 1989 and provides over 5,475 hours of instruction per year.

Diversity is inherent in music and essential to its future.

MacPhail’s commitment to diversity and equity is demonstrated through culturally relevant programming that aims to address the historic under representation of students from diverse populations in music. MacPhail Center for Music nurtures a culture of respect that celebrates constantly evolving diversity.

We believe that when all students are included, performance quality transforms.

Benefits of a School Partnership

Navigating the complexities of providing music education within the confines of budget cuts, limited staff or lack of time can be overwhelming.

MacPhail School Partnerships provide customized programs and experienced administrative staff & teaching artists. We will work with you to create a successful partnership.

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Students participate in MacPhail School Partnerships music classes each year
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Schools receive individually designed, innovative music classes to supplement their current music programming
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Student playing flute
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Years Experience from the largest community-based music school in the country with award-winning school partnership experience
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Teaching Artists have the skill sets to ensure a positive and fun experience with a majority of staff holding masters degrees
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School Partnerships

MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO)

A tuition-free symphonic orchestra program in North Minneapolis. We believe in the transformational power of music, and strive to create a welcoming space that encourages musical growth and development.

“Our MacPhail partnership has been invaluable for three decades. The program provides access and exposure for our scholars to have opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible. As one parent told me, their family can do what is necessary to provide resources to assist their child with additional academic support, but music lessons from MacPhail through our school was something they could not replace.”

–Benito Matias, Principal, Ascension Catholic School

MacPhail’s Current Partners

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Online School Partnerships

High-Quality, Live Online Instruction

MacPhail’s Live Online School Partnerships support educators in Greater Minnesota by providing creative supplemental music learning.

Technological advances make it possible to use online applications that bridge the distance gap between MacPhail’s teaching artists and schools throughout the state.

Due to COVID-19 challenges, MacPhail will work closely with school administrators and music educators to assist in scheduling programing for students that are either at home, in school, or attending classes through a hybrid model. MacPhail has the technology, resources and expertise to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous music instruction to accommodate in flux school schedules.

Live Online Technology

Schools
Your school may already have everything you need.
Simple video conferencing tools are used.
No technology experience is required.
Our support staff will guide you through equipment set-up.

Connecting with MacPhail requires only:

  • A video End-Point System (Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, ITV, etc)
  • Or a computer, all you will need is:
    • A web-camera and microphones
    • A reliable internet connection

Home
Students will need a computer (desktop, Chromebook, laptop, iPad, smart phone) and a reliable internet connection.

How It Works

30 Years’ Experience Creating Award-Winning School Partnerships

In Person School Partnerships

Step One: Planning Process
Email Roque Diaz, Director of School Partnerships

MacPhail School Partnership staff will work closely with you to learn about your needs and discuss your school’s wishes, budget, scheduling, curriculum, etc.

Step Two: Scope of Work, Cost and Timeline Proposal
You will receive a detailed proposal.

In person rates range from $125-160/session

Step Three: Letter of Agreement
After agreeing to the program proposal, your school will receive a Letter of Agreement (LOA). This document outlines the schedule, school provisions, and what MacPhail provides.

Step Four: Partnership Programming Begins
After your administration reviews, signs and returns the LOA, programming will begin.

Online School Partnerships

Step One: Planning Process
Email Anna Ostroushko, Online School Partnership Manager

MacPhail School Partnership staff will work closely with you to learn about your needs and discuss your school’s wishes, budget, scheduling, curriculum, etc.

Step Two: Scope of Work, Cost and Timeline Proposal
Live online sessions may be reduced as low as $15/session through grant subsidy, pending qualification. We will help you determine eligibility.

You will receive a detailed proposal.

Step Three: Letter of Agreement

After agreeing to the program proposal, your school will receive a Letter of Agreement (LOA). This document outlines the schedule, school provisions, and what MacPhail provides.

Step Four: Partnership Programming Begins
After your administration reviews, signs and returns the LOA, programming will begin.

Questions? Contact Us

Roque Diaz, Interim School Partnerships Director
Anna Ostroushko, Online School Partnerships Manager
Amir Cannon, School Partnerships Coordinator
Ben Bussey, Partnership Development Representative
Heather Vanderley, School Partnerships Budget & Payroll Coordinator
Makayla Ferraro, School Partnerships Metro Partnerships Coordinator
Bob Adney, Online School Partnerships Lead Teacher

Meet Our School Partnerships Faculty

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