Glennis Nagel
Director, Media Communications, 308.865.8454

UNK music students and music teachers across the state received an early Christmas present this month from Alfred Publishing Co. of Van Nuys, Calif.

The company has donated more than $16,000 worth of music resources to the Music Pedagogy Resource Center. The music resources include sacred and secular choral music, classroom resources, band methods, string methods, solo instrumental literature, group piano methods, theory resources, software and DVDs.

The center was started two years ago and is currently comprised primarily of piano pedagogy resource materials. Dr. Valerie Cisler, chair of the Department of Music & Performing Arts, established a special Music Pedagogy Resource Center fund through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

“The idea was to expand the holdings into all areas of music teaching, including general elementary music, middle school and high school wind, strings, percussion, brass, and vocal methods and materials,” Dr. Cisler said.

The center serves as a resource library for current students in all areas of music pedagogy, and for area private music teachers and public school music educators. Individuals may make contributions through the NU Foundation office.

Alfred Publishing Co. is the world’s largest publisher of educational music materials. Offices are located in New York, Los Angeles, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Germany. International distribution goes beyond these countries, however. The publisher has a connection with a UNK graduate, Nicole Elliot, as well as, Dr. Cisler.  Elliot, a recent UNK graduate with a bachelor of science in music business, is currently on the Alfred Publishing staff.  Dr. Cisler is an author for the company.