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Lynn BrinckmeyerVisionary educators realize that the preservice teachers we are grooming now must be prepared for tomorrow's schools. Technology is changing the way people communicate at an alarming speed and teaching strategies must accommodate and embrace those changes in order to arm new music educators with the skills they will need to succeed in future elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Consequently, the leadership of MENC's Society for Music Teacher Education has forged ahead to provide cutting edge information for teachers and students.
A quick review of the titles in these proceedings demonstrates that the 2007 SMTE Symposium presenters were looking into the twenty-first century and beyond the walls of established classrooms and ensembles familiar to most of us. Teachers who intend to step out of their comfort zone and broaden their perspectives will want to explore the concepts, ideas and recommendations in Collaborative Action for Change. I am grateful for the innovative guidance SMTE provides for us all as we venture into uncharted territory in music education.