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Michael Schwartz earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Michael Schwartz was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Schwartz earned the award as a junior during the 2010-2011 academic year. He is majoring in music education with a focus on instrumental music. Schwartz plays saxophone and performs with the North Central College saxophone quartet.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Wis gives keynote conference address on “The Conductor as Servant-Leader”

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts & professor of music, was keynote at American Choral Directors Association conference.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was the keynote speaker Feb. 18 at the regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association. She also presented two sessions on the same subject at the event held in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The theme for the music conference was The Conductor as Servant-Leader, which is the subject of her book, “The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium” (GIA Publications, Inc., 2007).

Music and motion come together in Chords for Kids concert for children with autism

North Central College will host Chords for Kids, the 10th annual free concert for children with autism and other special needs and their families, on March 5.

North Central College will host Chords for Kids, the 10th annual free concert for children with autism and their families, on March 5.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Wheelchair seating is available. Admission is free, but tickets are required; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Student exhibit showcases paintings, sculptures, drawings through Nov. 1

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring the artwork of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters.

North Central College presents the two-person, student exhibit “Apparitions,” featuring paintings, sculptures and drawings of sophomores Kat Kazmierski and Alex Peters Oct. 2 through Nov. 1.

The free exhibit is on display in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall Gallery, 31 S. Ellsworth St. An artist’s reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the gallery; light refreshments will be served.

Caitlin Skrbec

Caitlin chose to major in music education to inspire a love of music and learning in young students. With a new position as a music teacher at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, IL, Caitlin is already impacting young lives.

While at North Central, Caitlin stayed involved in leadership positions for the Women’s Chorale, Concert Winds and the College’s National Association for Music Education (NAME) chapter.

“NAME is a great place for music education students to bond, share ideas and learn about teaching music.”

She also gained student-teaching experience and constantly looked to her professors for guidance.

“I was able to have one-on-one interaction with every single one of my professors. These conversations helped shape me as a student and as a teacher.”

“North Central provided me with the networking skills that helped me land my job and gain the tools to best teach my students.” 

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

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