The Department of Music Education recently recognized Professor Lissa May’s leadership of the school’s Young Winds program with a commissioned work “Young Hoosiers March” by Brett Kroening, which was premiered April 20. At the performance, she accepted a gift of a copy of the new piece for her library to a room full of applause in her recognition. May stepped down as coordinator of the program following 12 years of service.
May was recently appointed director of undergraduate studies for the Jacobs School. Recognized for her unending service to music education in Indiana and around the U.S., she was also recently awarded a Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.
The Jacobs School’s pre-college Young Winds program serves middle school band students from around Monroe County including; Tri-North, Jackson Creek, Batchelor, Brown County, Ellettsville, St. Charles, and Bedford Middle Schools. Students rehearse for two hours each Saturday morning and receive instruction from instrumental music education majors. The community collaboration provides a unique learning experience for area students as they develop as players. The program also gives music education students a real-life teaching experience, prior to student teaching activity in their last year of the program.