Center for Educational Partnerships in Music



Dr. Patrick K. Freer is Director of the The Center for Educational Partnerships, with assistance from music education faculty members Dr. Michelle Mercier-DeShon (Program Coordinator) and Ms. Anita Kumar. The Center is increasingly recognized as a conduit for artistic excellence and innovation in urban music education. The Center for Educational Partnerships unites university music faculty and undergraduate/graduate music students with the greater education community in a collaboration that advances the role of music in school culture and prepares strong leaders to teach in diverse and interdependent contexts. Drawing on Atlanta’s unique community resources, the relationship created by the Center fosters relevant and engaging music-making for all learners throughout the lifespan.

Current CEPM programs and projects include:

  • Sound Learning: Developed by Dr. David Myers in 1999, Sound Learning is a K-5 music integration residency program (integration of music with other core subjects) resulting from collaborative partnership with the Center, Atlanta-area schools and professional musicians, including members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Georgia State faculty and students.
  • Georgia State University Library/Johnny Mercer Foundation American Music 1900-1950 Partnership: This program enables graduate students in music education to receive graduate assistantships to develop curriculum for Atlanta-area music classrooms that focuses on American Music 1900-1950. Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections & Archives enables contact with primary archival resources to be used with curriculum development and delivery.

The Center for Educational Partnerships in Music presents distinguished guest speakers, such as Dr. Robert Duke of the Center for Music Learning at the University of Texas at Austin, and hosts research events like the Improvising Brain International Symposium and an Invitational Strings Festival for middle- and high-school students.