Free Virtual Workshops
Changemakers in the Music Classroom
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS
What is culturally responsive teaching and how can you use it to improve student outcomes?
Find out at Changemakers, a free online interactive workshop series hosted by the Longy School of Music. These forty-minute sessions facilitated by leaders in music education are designed to give you the tools to engage your students through cross-cultural exchange by centering their lived experience, strengthening their investment in their own learning, and nourishing a greater sense of connection in the classroom.
You’re welcome to register for just one or multiple workshops. But space is limited, so register today!
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Alice Tsui | Inclusivity of AANHPI Voices in the Music Classroom
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 • 8:00pm ET
In the United States, there are over 24 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people. How can we intentionally include and amplify AANHPI voices in the music classroom? Alice Tsui will share considerations for including and affirming AANHPI voices throughout the year through listening to the music and amplifying the stories of current AANHPI voices.
ALICE TSUI 徐晓兰 (pronounced TSOY | she/her) is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, Grammy Finalist music educator, scholar, activist, dog mom, and lifelong Brooklyn, New Yorker! Alice is the Founding Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator at PS 532 New Bridges Elementary. Alice is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a Core Faculty educator at Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Workshop. As a product of the NYC public school system, Alice is passionate about decolonizing, ABAR (anti-bias, anti-racist), abolitionist public music education and empowering the individual and collective voices of youth through music as expression. www.alicetsui.com | Instagram/TikTok: @musicwithmissalice.
Michael Coelho | Harmonizing Hearts and Minds: Creative Strategies for Engaging Audiences and Students in Concert Repertoire
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2023 • 8:00pm ET
In this session, we will explore innovative approaches to learning and performing repertoire that not only captivate your performers but also transform your audience’s concert experience. You’ll uncover imaginative ways to teach repertoire, making it relatable and accessible to your students, and explore the power of storytelling to emotionally connect audiences with the music being performed. We will also delve into the use of visuals, multimedia, and technology to enhance concert experiences and develop strategies aimed at encouraging active listening, fostering critical thinking, and stimulating discussions among students and concertgoers. This session will use examples from an American middle and high school orchestra class, however the concepts discussed are applicable to all ensemble teaching.
Michael H. Coelho serves as the Director of Fine Arts for Ipswich Public Schools in Ipswich, Massachusetts, overseeing K-12 music, art, and drama educators and students. With nine years as Director of Orchestras, he leads five ensembles from grades 6-12. He’s also on the music education faculty at Longy School of Music at Bard College as well as Gordon College. Coelho blends traditional orchestral performance with modern education methods, earning statewide and national recognition. In 2020, Mr. Coelho was recognized for outstanding teaching during COVID-19 by the Boston Globe’s Fenway Bowl Honor Roll, and in 2022 he was announced as one of ten finalists in the nation for the Music Educator of the Year Award by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.
Sarah Fard | Anticipating Music Literacy Supports for Students with Disabilities
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2023 • 8:00pm ET
This workshop asks music educators to reflect on the practice of traditional staff notation as it relates to disability. This presentation will both evaluate the various reasons that standard music notation may be inaccessible to some students, and review examples of alternative notations through the lens of access points. Review will also be given as to how to create visuals via existing music notation programs, other available technologies, or simple materials. Music literacy visuals will also pertain to culturally relevant learning opportunities for students. Participants will leave the workshop with resources so that they can plan meaningful visuals towards future teaching roles.
Sarah Fard is a high school music educator with Medford Public Schools, an educational consultant for the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education, and a faculty member in both the online and in person Masters of Music in Music Education program at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Much of her work with educators focuses on adaptive music education methods for students with disabilities, guitar education, and popular music education.
Eric Williamson, Alice Tsui | Our Culture: 8 Endeavors for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023 • 8:00pm ET
Culture originates from people and centers our experiences and stories. In this session, Alice A. Tsui and Eric Williamson discuss culturally responsive and sustaining education in the classroom. The two will share their eight endeavors of CULTURE that are interwoven together, centering culture while continuously cultivating community in the classroom.
Alice Tsui 徐晓兰 (pronounced TSOY | she/her) is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, Grammy Finalist music educator, scholar, activist, dog mom, and lifelong Brooklyn, New Yorker! Alice is the Founding Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator at PS 532 New Bridges Elementary. Alice is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a Core Faculty educator at Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Workshop. As a product of the NYC public school system, Alice is passionate about decolonizing, ABAR (anti-bias, anti-racist), abolitionist public music education and empowering the individual and collective voices of youth through music as expression. www.alicetsui.com | Instagram/TikTok: @musicwithmissalice.
Eric Williamson (he/him) the Artistic Director of Lavender Light the Black and People of All Colors LGBTQ+ Gospel Choir. This choir is dedicated to continuing the legacy of singing Black Gospel music with a special ministry in supporting Black and Brown queer folx. Mr. Williamson received his B.A. in Music from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a National Facilitator for the Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools program, he has led workshops on LGBTQ+ inclusion. He has also led workshops centering Anti-racism and Culturally Responsive Teaching at Carnegie Hall and nationwide at various conferences. Currently he is the PreK-5 general music teacher at PS 32 located in Brooklyn, NY and an adjunct professor at NYU. For more information, please visit www.ericwilliamson.org
Lorrie Heagy and George Holly | Wooch éen (Together): Building Trust in Indigenous Communities
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2024 • 8:00pm ET
How can music educators contribute to systemic change in their classroom, school and district and have sound culturally responsive practices as the foundation? What are some step-by-step things teachers can do to bridge the gap between the classroom and the cultures of the area? This session will highlight the power of building strong, positive relationships with culture bearers to improve educational learning for all students through music. Athabascan songster Yuxgitsiy George Holly and Longy faculty Lorrie Heagy will share how trusting relationships and a passion to honor and value the cultural heritage of all students can lead to innovative and powerful teaching and learning.
Yuxgitsiy George Holly is a Deg Xit’an songster and has been writing music for the language revitalization movement for more than 25 years. He believes the language can be brought back in a community and that Dzantik’i Heení (Juneau, AK) may very well be the place. He writes songs to inspire, give insight, plant a seed, have fun, and to pull out all the good things of the day.
Lorrie Gax̱.áan.sán Heagy is the music teacher at Sítʼ Eetí Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School, creator/founder of Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) and Adjunct Professor at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is honored to represent Alaska’s teachers as the 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year and holds a PhD and honorary doctorate in education.
Missy Strong-Smith | The Pillars of Music: Building True Community and Belonging
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2024 • 8:00pm ET
Two simple words, “Be Musical,” coupled with research about the power of belonging transformed my classroom. The students and I created what continues to be an evolving foundation for our Music community. Now we are (almost always) joyful musicians working together to create (almost always) low-stress, high-engagement music experiences. Learn about this process and how you might do something similar in your classroom!
Dr. Missy Strong, Host and Executive Producer of the Music Ed Amplified podcast, has taught elementary general and vocal music for 28 years and is the 2023 recipient of NJMEA’s Master Music Teacher Award. She also has the privilege of working with teachers around the world in graduate courses, webinars, and professional development workshops. Missy presents throughout the U.S. as well as internationally and is a published author with GIA Publications and Oxford University Press.