Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a reporter on SCPR's education team, covering arts education. Before joining the beat she was an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

Plummer began her career in broadcast at ABC News in London, where she worked on TV stories for the network’s news lineup and regularly covered Europe for ABCNews.com.

Plummer has a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and was the editor in chief of her campus newspaper. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun. Plummer grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.


Stories by Mary Plummer

How holiday carols can be good for your kids

Christmas songs may drive you mad, but they can help young kids develop their reading and language skills. We've got a list of upcoming sing-alongs for the holidays.

How much do students' brains benefit from music?

A new study from Northwestern University shows actively studying music with an instrument can have significant results in brain functioning.

After years of no arts, Compton school gets a holiday first

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton is having its first year with arts classes, made possible by a national program to educate through the arts.

LAUSD board approves $2.5M in arts education spending

Members voted for $2.5 million in arts funding late Tuesday, a move to guarantee arts access at 32 middle schools that currently have little or none at all.

Few LAUSD students take computer programming classes

Although LAUSD says computer programming is a competitive skill for future employment, fewer than 4 percent of students took computer science classes as of May 2013.

Grammys: LA County teacher named finalist for music educator award

Diamond Bar High School's music director is among the finalists for the annual Grammy music educator award that recognizes significant contributions in the field.

Coachella Valley art scene evolving, driven by the young

Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are attracting a younger crowd, one drawn not only to the valley's popular music festival but to its growing arts scene.

California receives more than $4 million in arts funding

Across the country, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded 1,116 grants for a total of $29.1 million in funding to support the arts.

House of Blues foundation to give away musical instruments

Organizers of the campaign, known as "Give Music," expect to distribute about 350 instruments to aspiring musicians age 10 to 22.

The pros and cons of studying for finals to music

As students dive into their books to study for finals, it's time to ask: will classical music in the background help you ace that test?

Researchers exploring the arts as a tool to teach science

An expansive project out of UC Irvine is underway to develop and study a new curriculum to help students better learn science through the arts.

American Ballet Theatre dance school to open in Costa Mesa

American Ballet Theatre is creating a new dance school with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which will house the new dance school for 3-14 year olds.

As arts funding fades, Disney helps schools stage musicals

As theater instruction declines in elementary schools across the country, Disney steps up support of musical theater productions in Orange County.

OC high school teacher mixes arts into government lessons

El Dorado High School teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi has been honored twice by the Grammy Museum for outstanding use of music as a teaching tool.

SoCal after-school programs to receive White House honors

Two Southern California after-school arts programs will be honored Monday for helping students boost their learning and life skills.