Collegiate Divisional Network

Photo: Longy School of Music of Bard College (Cambridge, MA)

Network Mission

The Collegiate Divisional network advances the work of community arts education programs operating as a division of a college or university. Through regular video chats and in-person convenings at the National Guild Conference, the Network allows participants to share information, strategies, and challenges unique to programs operating as a division of a parent instituion. 


Stay up to Date with Collegiate Divisional

Want to stay connected to the Collegiate Divisional Network? Members can sign in to the member portal and select the Collegiate Divisional Network in their User Profile. Affiliated Network members will receive invites to all in-person and online events, leadership opportunities within the Network, access to all Network resources, and more.

Nonmembers can enter their email below and receive updates on Network activities as well as select event invites. To fully participate in the Collegiate Divisional Network, join the Guild as a Full member




Susanne Baker

Director, DePaul Community Music Division, Chicago, IL

Susanne Baker is the founder and director of the DePaul Community Music Division. She teaches both traditional and Suzuki piano students as well as group classes in the pre-college program. She is a frequent adjudicator in the Chicago area, teaches on the summer faculty of the Chicago Suzuki Institute, previously served on the Committee of School Directors of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and was the 2009-10 Convener for the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools. 

Network Event Highlights

Examples of past Collegiate Divisional Network events include:

  • Defining Who We Are: Establishing Identity as a Collegiate Divisional School: An exploration and enlivening discussion about how collegiate divisional schools form an identity within their overall organization.

  • Beyond the School Walls: Effectively Preparing Students for Community Engagement: Network participants discussed how college and conservatory students need to learn not only how to be exemplary practitioners of their craft, but also how to engage effectively and equitably with the communities that they work in.


Network Produced Resources

Collegiate Divisional produces valuable tools and resources for the field. Examples include