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About the MIE Guided Internship Program
Now in its 13th year (as of 2011), the MIE Guided Internship Program provides NEC students with a broad array of opportunities in education. From teaching in public schools, designing innovative and personalized music curricula, working with community partners, and assisting with national music-in-education research initiatives, the MIE Guided Internship Program prides itself on providing pre-professional teaching artists with guided, individualized experiences.
Held to rigorous standards for preparation and implementation, MIE Guided Interns have been awarded fellowships from organizations such as the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, NEC's Community Performances & Partnerships program, the Research Center for Learning Through Music, El Sistema USA, and the Music-in-Education National Consortium.
The MIE Guided Internship Program aims to provide equal access to high-quality music programs for youth throughout the greater Boston area, and instill in them the values of lifelong learning, skill development, and appreciation for music in a range of contexts and environments.
Please note: Other partners may be available in addition to those listed below. Contact faculty member Randy Wong at [email protected] for further information.
The MIE Guided Internship program is unique in that it allows NEC students a multitude of opportunities in the field of education. As the centerpiece of the MIE Concentration Program, Guided Internships are customized to tailor-fit the needs and goals of each student. There are three key components to any internship:
Students are given a minimum of 15 hours (per semester) to work in the classroom or alternate teaching setting of their choice, and are paired with a Mentor whom in most cases is also a Teaching-Artist. Students are responsible for proposing their own internship plans, strategizing on the collection of data/documentation, and self-evaluation through the creation of a processfolio (Internship Portfolio). Students involved in the MIE Internship Program are most often concurrently enrolled in a MIE seminar/course at NEC, which helps to further scaffold the student's internship experience. Internships are non-paid and can range from teaching private lessons to classroom teaching, research work, or performance outreach. Because all Internships are supported by the Research Center, students who wish to pursue research-focused internships in the MIE Research Center, or for the MIE National Consortium, are encouraged to inquire with MIE Program Advisor Randy Wong.
2011-2012 Internship Opportunities
NEC's MusicLaunch was founded in 2010 in partnership with the Wang YMCA of Chinatown (Boston). MusicLaunch is an innovative community-minded music education lab, where programs and curricula are driven by the dynamic, multi-faceted, and versatile faculty of NEC's Continuing Ed Music-in-Education Certificate Program. It follows the YMCA's commitment to "developing the potential of every child" with its open enrollment (no audition) policy and classes that encourage music literacy from the ground up, starting with parent/child music circles (ages 2-5). Small-group lessons in guitar, band instruments, and recorder are also offered.
Like the YMCA, MusicLaunch is committed to promoting social responsibility, critical thinking, and socio-emotional development. While many arts organizations focus on free performances as their way of giving back, MusicLaunch instead puts experiential, hands-on learning and multi-level (sometimes, multi-generational) instruction at its core.
As a MIE Intern, you will help each child document his or her MusicLaunch experience through the year (in the form of reflective journals, video vignettes, and performance recordings), as well as assist MusicLaunch faculty with small-group or individual instruction. Open to students of all majors. We are particularly interested in composers, music theory majors, and improvisers!
This internship takes place from 9-11:30 AM on Saturdays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 17 (Fall Semester), and Feb. 4 to May 5 (Spring Semester). Priority will be given to students who can commit to this internship for both semesters. Included in the 2.5 hrs per week is a mentor/intern sharing session to help facilitate and allow for flow of constructive inquiry. Program documentation is assembled on a semesterly basis into digital portfolios that make visible these poignant moments of learning and exhibit MusicLaunch's efficacy for all to see.
We need interns to help document a really innovative, first-of-its-kind general music program. It’s built completely on MIE principles and frameworks, from the ground up, and taught by Beatrice Affron, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and cover conductor for the Boston Symphony!! This program has been visited by movers/shakers across the country because of its inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to general education using music.
As a MIE Intern, you’ll help us study student academic growth and help us learn why music should be an integral part of every child’s curriculum. This internship is more 'action research'-oriented than it is hands-on teaching. If you have a yearn to learn about mixed-method qualitative and quantitative research, portraiture, rubric development, and creating (or interpreting) data displays (graphs, statistics, charts, etc.) then this internship is totally for you!
Flexible -- though generally 2 hours per week on-site plus travel and readings. You'll need a car for this internship, or live in Cambridge, as the Atrium School is easily accessible by bus from Harvard Sq. (#71). Unfortunately you will not be reimbursed for travel expenses. You will also need access to a Mac with Excel (Numbers not OK) and be willing to install JMP statistical software on your computer.
MIE Research Internships have inherent value because they help to contribute to the ecosystem of the MIE program. Research Interns help to shape the way that the Concentration program works by providing services to their peers. These services are outlined below, and each can be the basis of an MIE research internship. Sample inquiry questions (which would guide one's research internship) are provided.
MIE Internship Portfolio Documents
... Can be found at: Resources for Current MIE at NEC Students.
For further assistance with MIE Internships, please contact MIE Program Advisor Randy Wong: 617-585-1363 or e-mail: <randy [at] mieatnec.org>. You can also visit our offices in Jordan Hall: rooms 309-311 and 313.
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