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Changemakers: Professional Development for Music Educators | Michael Coelho

Wednesday • October 25, 2023   |   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.

Michael Coelho | Harmonizing Hearts and Minds: Creative Strategies for Engaging Audiences and Students in Concert Repertoire
For Pre-Service Music Teachers

Wednesday, October 25th (8:00pm EST)

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.

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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.


Wednesday • October 25, 2023
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.