Northland Music Students Participate in an “Academic Service Learning” Project Franklin Middle School Choir Classes

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (January 9, 2006) - Students of Vanessa K. Martell's Introduction to Music completed a Academic Service Learning project during the fall semester at Northland College that gave them the opportunity to visit with Ruth Stenson's Franklin Middle School choir classes and present on five different occasions.

The college students prepared a lecture and a power point presentation on the different eras of Music History starting with Middle Ages/Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. During the Franklin Middle School Choir concert the power points that were developed by the Introduction to Music students were presented in junction with the music selection performed by Mrs. Stenson's choirs.

The students who participated in this Academic Service Learning activity appreciated the opportunity to use the skills they learned and developed in the classroom by creating learning materials that met actual community needs. Students who have engaged in service learning are more competitive as they enter the workforce and as they apply for continued educational opportunities.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.