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National honors

Westfield music teacher is finalist for Grammy award

December 26, 2013

WESTFIELD — Kent Knappenberger is one step closer to winning a national award for his contributions to inspiring a love for music in his students....

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Dec-26-13 5:08 PM

he is a facebook friend of mine. i didn't see anything show up on my facebook page about it today so i posted it.

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Dec-26-13 1:39 PM

cont. too often lacking both. I hope readers will see how much is possible--in this case in music education--to achieve in your local schools with adequate support for teachers and interest in your children's future. Westfield students show their interest in music when they select the wide range of electives made available to them, and the results are noticeable in the community. All this goes beyond "music" to what it means to be generally well-educated enough to deal comfortably with an increasingly complex world--among which are such a diversity of musical choices, from religious to 'pop' and for students to be educationally enabled to orient their choices. The choices in Westfield are clear. Congratulations. Whatever happens with he final decision, the school, the community, and Kent Knappenberger and his colleagues are already winners!

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Dec-26-13 1:28 PM

The success in the story goes in large part to the Westfield community that (unlike elsewhere in the WNY) has supported a strong music program during a succession of effective teachers. The latter can be credited with tapping into local interests and talents and developing these to the state of excellence all are capable of. What's unique about this story is the incredible breadth and depth of the musical offering supported by the community because . . . students and parents see the rewards in their children's efforts. While schools are cutting music programs, the school community in Westfield is worthy of its own reward--which is what this is. Kent Knapenberger is to be congratulated for recognizing and building on local musical interests and talents, not imposing a 'school music' model that imitates collegiate programs. He comes close to making the school a "community music" center and, thus, a source of "community" and "sociality" in a world too of

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Dec-26-13 10:59 AM

Atta boy Kent. Something you and the school system can be very proud of receiving.

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