Singing praises about department’s music consultant
Life is music to Rosanne Malek’s ears. Consider: Malek sees music in everything, from math to nature. Music is, Malek says, central to life – and academics.
And it’s her passion for music that has led Malek, who is the music consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, to being honored on the national stage as the 2014 recipient of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Citation Award.
The award is well deserved, said Alan Greiner, the executive director of the Iowa High School Music Association, whose board nominated Malek.
“Rosanne’s work at the Iowa Department of Education has provided the opportunity to impact arts education in Iowa in significant and profound ways,” Greiner said. “Through her leadership, music is now regaining its position as a central academic subject in our schools.”
A native Iowan, Malek has served in a variety of roles in music education, from classroom teacher to administrator. She also is a performance artist in both vocal and piano. But she is, first and foremost, a music educator.
“Music is so much more than what we think,” Malek said. “Music is not one distinct thing. It is mathematics. It is science theories and concepts through sound waves and rhythms. It is literary. It is sociological. It is emotional. It is historical. It is current affairs. Music is all around us. It builds self confidence and camaraderie.
“And music education spans your lifetime. What you learn about music in school today, you will always enjoy the rest of your life. Music spans generations and connects people.”
Malek will be honored for her work in a July ceremony held in Boston.