Music teacher Chris Lee has had a busy few weeks. On June 6-8, 2013, he joined 50 music teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the 2013 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools. Experts gave presentations on historical and current trends in school reform and the integral role music and the arts play in our evolving education system. Break-out sessions and a large panel discussion allowed participants to share perspectives and experiences, and the weekend culminated as Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker awarded each of the 50 teachers with the 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.
Soon thereafter, Mr. Lee travelled to Cincinnati, OH, to participate in the College Board’s annual AP Reading in Music Theory. Each June, selected AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free response sections of the AP Exams. Joining about 100 music theory professionals to score about 17,500 exams, Mr. Lee was assigned to "Sight-Singing Question No. 2," where he heard roughly 900 cassette tapes from around the country. From the experience, AP Readers get an intricate view of the exam process and gain valuable insight from professional development sessions that cover current pedagogical trends as well as new initiatives at the College Board.