Teacher Education Summer
Professional Development

Cambridge, MA

  • Graduate Credits,
    Professional Development Hours,
    or Non-Credit

Music Education Summer Faculty

Every child is entitled to be inspired by positive musical experiences and to find a “home” and connect with others through music. Just as our close community of music education faculty and students inspire other, we will prepare you to do the same for your future students—to influence their lives in ways you have always imagined.
— Erin Zaffini

Meet Erin Zaffini, MM/ME Chair

Dr. Erin Zaffini (DMA, Boston University) is the Lead Program Supervisor and Music Education Department Chair for the Master of Music in Music Education program at Longy. Prior to coming to Longy, she was a Lecturer in music education at Keene State College, where she supervised student teachers, and taught undergraduate music courses in general music education, music curriculum and assessment, and adaptive music methods. Erin is also a faculty member for the University of New Hampshire’s Professional Development Department, where she teaches licensed teachers how to integrate music and movement into their classroom. With years of experience in the classroom, Erin has taught both elementary and middle school general music, choral and instrumental music, as well as musical theatre. She is an active guest speaker, adjudicator and clinician around the country and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, where she serves on the National General Music Council and the Society for Music Teacher Education, is the Program Coordinator for the National Music Educator Mentor Training Initiative and sits on the Advisory Board for Music Educators Journal. In addition, Erin is the Collegiate Coordinator, General Music Chair and Mentor Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educators Journal. Erin is the recipient of numerous professional development grants and was recently the recipient of the Keene State College Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Performance Awards. She has recently published articles in General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Qualitative Research in Music Education.

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Program Highlights

Longy’s summer courses are focused on music and social change, to enable music teachers to build inclusive curricula and deliver outstanding musical instruction.

Anyone may take these summer courses for graduate credits, for professional development hours, or without credits or hours (these are not degree-granting classes or workshops and do not require matriculating into a masters degree program to participate).

All workshops will be held online Summer 2021.

Dalcroze Summer Institute 6/28–7/2
Guitar Methods for the Inclusive Classroom 7/12–7/16
An Inclusive Ensemble Program: Laptop Orchestras  7/5–7/9

Learn more about Longy’s Music Teacher Education Program, including a fully Online Masters of Music in Music Education (MM/ME) degree, and an MM/ME degree in person / on campus in Cambridge, MA.

Dalcroze Summer Institute
Faculty: Eiko Ishizuka, Ginny Latts, Adriana Ausch, Melissa Tucker
Dates: June 28–July 2, 9am–4pm
Graduate Credits: 3 credits
Cost: For graduate credit: $900 For non-credit: $825
Equally applicable to the classroom, private studio, beginner or advanced performers, this holistic approach to musical understanding and creativity complements many approaches in music education. It is an opportunity to study with one of the most renowned Dalcroze faculties in the U.S. Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, this training course expressively teaches music’s fundamental concepts, heightens the body’s natural response to music, while emphasizing imagination and redefining the coordination between ear, mind and body. Subjects of this integrated approach include: Eurhythmics, Solfège, Improvisation, Dalcroze Pedagogy and Plastique Animée.
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Guitar Methods for the Inclusive Classroom
Faculty: Sarah Fard
July 12–July 16, 9am–4pm
Graduate Credits: 3 credits
Cost: For graduate credit: $900 For non-credit: $825
This class is aimed at music educators who teach the guitar elective and are looking to refine their pedagogy to engage all students. Focus will be given on building a curriculum that is relevant and accessible to students of all learning styles and interests. Participants will explore various practice materials, adaptations of instruments and musical notation, and the use of music technology to enhance learning in the guitar class.
Required Materials: Participants will need a computer and a guitar

An Inclusive Ensemble Program: Laptop Orchestras and Expanded Student Engagement
Faculty: Garo Saraydarian
Dates: July 5–July 9, 9am–4pm
Graduate credits:
Cost: For graduate credit: $900 For non-credit: $825
While avenues to musically express ourselves has expanded, many schools still only offer traditional ensembles of band, orchestra, chorus, and perhaps, a jazz ensemble. As a result, by high school many students have dropped out of any formal music education. In this course we will learn how to make our music program more inclusive by engaging students who are not drawn to traditional instrumentation. By the end of this workshop participants will have gained the basic coding skills to design, teach, and implement a school laptop ensemble.
Required Materials: Participants will need a laptop computer and headphones.

Price per graduate-credit = $300. Price per non-credit = $275.