Palmer & Associates, LLC is a multifaceted
organization which works with schools, community artists, arts
organizations, students of all ages, and parents to share the
power of arts education to enhance living and learning. We provide
consultants to assist schools with all phases of arts integration – planning
and development, implementation, assessment, and advocacy.
All consultations are individually designed to meet local
needs and interests. Mary Palmer and her Associates help
to empower schools to optimize their local resources to
sustain change .
We believe that:
|Learning to play a musical
- all children can learn and that learning is enhanced
- all teachers can integrate the arts in the curriculum
in order to enhance student engagement and achievement.
- arts integration will enhance the life of a school
and of its community.
- student and teacher engagement and enjoyment is expanded
is a research-based
approach to integrating the arts across the curriculum and to
implementing school-community arts partnerships for Pre-K – 12
schools. Individually developed programs are designed, implemented
and assessed to fulfill local needs.
|is an intergenerational music program for babies from birth
to 24 months and their special adults. Babies and their adults
connect to and through music in this program. Weekly classes
are offered in six-week sessions.
Experienced professionals in arts education and the arts are
consultants to Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC. According to
the needs and interests of clients, Associates in all aspects
of arts education, the arts, and community arts organizations
and agencies are included in consultations.
About the Director
|Dr. Mary Palmer
Mary Palmer is President of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC.
She has extensive experience in education and the arts and holds
Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees from the
University of Illinois. She has taught music and the other arts
in a variety of school and community settings to people of all
ages from birth through senior citizens. She currently is Professor
of Music Education at the University of Central Florida – Orlando,
and is former Dean of the UCF College of Education. She has served
as President of professional organizations including MENC: National
Association for Music Education Southern Division; VSA Arts of
Florida; Florida Music Educators Association; and the Florida
Alliance for Arts Education. In addition, she serves on various
community boards of directors including Florida Theatrical Association,
A Gift for Teaching, and A Gift for Music.
Palmer has developed numerous arts education programs. She is
the Founder of Arts for a Complete Education, Florida's program
to enhance arts education and to influence related public policy.
Since 1985, she has authored numerous elementary music series
textbooks published by Silver Burdett Ginn/Scott Foresman Publishers.
She has established award-winning collaborative programs with
Walt Disney World, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Junior
Achievement, and others. Her innovative work with teachers, school
administrators, community agencies, and university faculty has
led her across the country and around the world. For her work
in Arts Education she has received numerous awards, including
a special commendation from three of Florida’s Governors;
the prestigious Arts Recognition Award from the Florida Department
of State; ACE of Hearts; and Pi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year.
Her client schools have received prestigious awards including
the Kennedy Center Arts Education School of Distinction, Florida
Department of Education Music Demonstration School, and Magnet
Schools of America School of Distinction. She is the Director