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What's happening in LO Education news? Well, Marylhurst's Professor Beer is presenting on music therapy in Japan, and the school calendar is coming together.

Marylhurst professor to present in Japan

BEERLaura Beer, director of the music therapy program at Marylhurst University, will be one of the featured speakers next week at the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan.

The conference, which is scheduled from July 5-8, will include educational sessions, cultural events and an opportunity for music therapists and music- and health-related specialists to share papers and research. It is expected to draw 2,500 attendees.

"This event will give participants the opportunity to share the latest information, research outcomes and personal experiences from a wide variety of international perspectives," said Michiko Kato, executive director of the Japanese Music Therapy Association.

Beer will join experts from the U.S., South Africa, Japan and Norway in the conference's July 8 spotlight session, "Music in Music Therapy and the Cultural Context." She will also participate in a symposium titled "Critically Evolving: Current Trends in Arts-based Research in Music Therapy," and is scheduled to present "Crisscrossing Cultures: Eastern and Western Concepts & Practices of Music Therapy," based on her paper published in the academic journal Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy.

School schedule taking shape

The Lake Oswego School District's calendar is already taking shape for the 2017-18 school year.

The first day of school is currently set for Aug. 29.

Winter break will give students time off from Dec. 16-Jan. 1. Spring break is set for March 24-April 1, but it starts March 23 for junior high and high school so teachers can do grade prep.

Weather make-up days, in case of closures caused by snow and ice, are planned for June 13-15.

The School Board reviewed the 2017-18 calendar June 12, and commencement dates will be set later in the school year.

— The Review

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