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3130 Blair

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Wednesday: 11 a.m.-noon; 1-2 p.m.; 5-6 p.m.

Thursday: Noon-1 p.m.

Friday: 9-10 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-noon; 1-2:15 p.m.


B.A. (Bard); M.A. (Columbia)

Mitchell Korn

Senior Lecturer of Music and Educational Outreach

Mitchell Korn has been Adjunct Professor of Music and Community at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University since 2008. He has extensively guest lectured at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto (1988-93), Yale School of Music (2004-07), Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-02) and Curtis Institute (2013-14). He is a Bard College Senior Fellow, from which program he earned his Bachelor degree (1974).  He is also a recipient of Teachers College, Columbia University Masters in The Performing Arts in the Schools program (1983).

Korn has been appointed as the first Faculty Affiliate for College Halls at Vanderbilt University and will serve on the Blair School of Music Career Committee.

Korn is one of our nation's most important leaders in music and arts education strategic planning, advocacy and interdisciplinary education. The Wall Street Journal has called him a “one man arts education industry.” Symphony Magazine called him a “music education guru.” He has been a leading arts and arts education advisor for decades. He is credited with creating, designing and implementing the nation's most important and sustainable arts education initiatives, including San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (celebrating its 29th anniversary), New York’s Annenberg Initiative (20th year), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education-CAPE (21st year), The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music (20th year), and many more. His extensive work for philanthropy includes the Heinz Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, and Dayton Hudson Foundation. He is currently developing The Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Celebration vision and plan for education and community engagement.

Korn has just completed the education plan for the new Cleveland School of the Arts, and a simultaneous arts education master plan for the Cleveland schools (CMSD). His plans for Portland, Maine, Winston Salem, N.C., and Pensacola, Fla., all developed in the last year, are now being implemented.

Korn was a successful touring, concert 12-string guitarist, recording artist and composer (1975-90) appearing twice at Carnegie Hall in 1985.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and tributes, including Parents Magazine’s “As They Grow” Award, honoring his efforts in “making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for children.”


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