Date: September 2004
Creator: Emmanuel, Donna T.
Description: This article discusses building collaborative partnerships between institutions of higher education and independent school districts. Music education programs in colleges and universities and music programs in public elementary, middle, and high schools have long been partners in spoken and unspoken ways. One of the most common relationships is that of the student-teaching experience in which undergraduate university and college students work with cooperating teachers in the public schools. This type of partnership benefits the university students in many explicit ways, but the benefits for the public school teachers and their students are not so clear. University faculty and students also commonly use schools as sites for research, though often after the research project is over, the "partnership" ends. Even though these types of relationships might commonly be called "partnerships," a true partnership is one in which all parties clearly benefit and all parties share a common goal. These types of partnerships might be termed truly collaborative.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Music