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Denese Odegaard on Advocacy!

Our most recent #MusicEdLove Lecture Guest: Denese Odegaard talks to us about music education advocacy. We were able to spend one jam-packed day with Ms. Odegaard and learned so much from her. In addition to her appearance on the podcast, she even worked with our local school board to bring about change. After her visit, we have made massive progress on our arts advocacy campaign and have some big news to share very soon!

Denese Odegaard, NAfME Immediate Past-President (2018-2020), is currently the Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, and taught orchestra for 35 years.  National service includes board member for both the American String Teachers Association Board (ASTA) and the National Association for Music Education Board (NAfME). While on the ASTA Board, she was chair of the Committee on School Orchestra and Strings and received the ASTA Citation for Leadership twice. 

Odegaard authored Curriculum Writing 101: Assistance with Standards-based Music Curriculum and Assessment Writing for Band, Choir, Orchestra and General Music (GIA); co-authored the ASTA Curriculum (Alfred); edited Kaleidoscope: A Collection of Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the K-7 General Music Classroom (Alfred); and co-authored the ASTA Curriculum Assessment Companion e-book for string music educators.

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