The Music Student Ambassador program is based on the principle of “students-engaging-students.” Its goal is to encourage student musicians to become strong arts advocates and future community-engaged leaders.
The program originated in 2013 as part of the Classical Music Project of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, jointly sponsored by the School of Music and supported in part through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Classical Music Project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists through artist residencies, student engagement activities, and curriculum connections.
School of Music Student Ambassadors are charged with bringing musical experiences into the fabric of student life and the community through engagement. Involvement with the program can take on many different forms: a public performance or presentation in a non-traditional venue, speaking/performing in a non-music-major class, moderating a discussion, social media efforts, helping with the assessment of the program, etc. Students are asked to sign up for Ambassador activities and/or can propose other activities that will serve their own professional goals and contribute to the project. Student Ambassadors will generate enthusiasm for music in general, for the events sponsored by the School of Music, and will draw attention to upcoming Center for the Performing Arts concerts and visiting artists.
As of fall 2016, the School of Music has taken sole leadership of the program and all graduate student assistants in music are challenged to develop and implement activities to bring music to the University at large.
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