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Changemakers: Professional Development for Music Educators | Lorrie Heagy & George Holly

Wednesday, February 7, 2024   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Changemakers: Professional Development for Music Educators

Empower your students to take ownership of their learning with culturally responsive teaching. These interactive workshops offer you insights, skills, and resources to transform your classroom, engaging students through cross-cultural exchange that centers their lived experience. Spend 40 minutes with us on a Wednesday evening and learn new ways to connect with your students that you can put into practice immediately.

Lorrie Heagy and George Holly | Wooch éen (Together): Building Trust in Indigenous Communities
For In-Service Music Teachers
Wednesday, February 7th (8:00pm EST)

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.

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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.


Wednesday, February 7, 2024
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.