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Sound Learning is a partnership among the Georgia State University (GSU) School of Music's Center for Educational Partnerships in Music (CEPM), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, professional musicians in the Atlanta area, and schools in metropolitan Atlanta. It is a curriculum-based music education partnership designed to enrich children's music learning and advance the role of music in children's development and interdisciplinary learning. In this article, the author examines the effectiveness of the Sound Learning model in which students achieve "purposeful engagement" by working with artists as artists. The author begins with a general description of Sound Learning, proceeds to specific findings of the evaluation process and concludes with implications for artists who seek to "purposefully engage" students in the process and product of artistry and musicianship.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in

Freer, P. K. (2007). Toward the Purposeful Engagement of Students with Artists. Teaching Artist Journal, 5(4), 269-278.

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