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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).

Annual Report 2015

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

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.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Junior/Senior Scholars learn STEM concepts from North Central College students

Kailey Robbins, elementary education major
North Central College education students gained valuable classroom experience teaching STEM concepts to youngsters in the Junior/Senior Scholars program.

Kailey Robbins, a North Central College senior, spent part of her summer working with youngsters enrolled in the College’s Junior/Senior Scholars program. As an elementary education major pursuing a math endorsement and a minor in Spanish, Robbins and others gained valuable classroom teaching STEM concepts to youngsters.

“I learned everything from classroom management to lesson planning,” says Robbins, a Hartland, Wis., resident who also plays lacrosse. This was her second summer participating in the Junior/Senior Scholars program, which is in its 28th year.

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