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ERIC Number: EJ893315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
The Most Ambitious TA Training Ever? Launching Musiciancorps
Booth, Eric
Teaching Artist Journal, v8 n3 p146-156 2010
MusicianCorps is the flagship program of Music National Service (MNS), envisioned and founded by singer-songwriter/social entrepreneur Kiff Gallagher, a one-time White House staffer for the Clinton Administration, a singer-songwriter, and a social entrepreneur who was involved in creating AmeriCorps. Over the past several years, Kiff traveled the country, building support and working the inside game in Congress to launch MusicianCorps. This pilot program has been started in four major cities: San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. In this article, the author takes a closer look at the launching of MusicianCorps and describes the training principles behind this program. After studying the strengths and weaknesses of how people are trained for AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and VISTA--three programs that required a deep understanding and appreciation for community and social dynamics--the author realized that even the particularly gifted and motivated Fellows in the MusicianCorps cadre would need a lot of preparation to have any chance of success. The author thinks that MusicianCorps ignites such extraordinary commitment wherever it appears because it taps a deep seated and almost-lost belief that engagement in music is so powerful that it can save lives and transform communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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