September Newsletter


Here Comes the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

You may notice the neighborhood splash-pads and playgrounds becoming empty as the month of September wraps up… you know what that means, school is almost back in session! Most West Michigan schools start September 6th, and Mind Meets Music sessions are in full swing starting the beginning of October. Our Master Teaching Artists have enjoyed the summer off and are excited to come back to work! MTA’s will be attending a two day in-depth training mid-September, before heading back to the schools to observe their new students in the classroom. Classroom teachers and students are anticipating the arrival of Mind Meets Music back in their classrooms!  This year Mind Meets Music is adding 30 additional classrooms, including partnerships with William C Abney, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, and Explorer Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools.  We will be serving a total of 215 classrooms, in 29 schools, with over 4500 students!  We are excited as we look forward to the 2016-2017 academic year.  We have great plans in store for our students and the community – including beginning the year with a bang at Artprize!  If you haven’t already visited a classroom to observe the Mind Meets Music program in action, plan on visiting this year!  

Congratulations Shelly! 

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announces Shelley Irwin as the 2016 ATHENA Award winner! According to the Chamber of Commerce, ATHENA Award winners are “honored for their leadership, have mentored and provided opportunities for women and contributed to the community in a positive way”. Shelly has been a devoted board member of Mind Meets Music since our inception. We are not at all surprised of Shelly’s various achievements including the 27th ATHENA award. We can not think of anyone more deserving! Shelley Irwin, you’re a rockstar!

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Meet Traci! 

Traci is Mind Meets Music’s new Finance Manager! She comes to the organization with over 16 years experience in finance.  After only three weeks in the office we know Traci is the perfect fit for Mind Meets Music! Not only is Traci new to Mind Meets Music, but also to West Michigan.  Welcome Traci!

Congrats Daniel!
Mind Meets Music’s very own Director of Operations and Education, Daniel Stauffer, has successfully defended his dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Stauffer! The amount of knowledge you contribute to the team is tremendous!

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