Teaching Music
Summer Professional Development

Longy Campus
Cambridge, MA

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

    (Non-Degree-Granting)
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, Director of Teacher Education

Christopher Sierra, Culturally Responsive Teaching
Garo Saraydarian, Bridging the Digital Divide
Eiko Ishizuka, Dalcroze
Ginny Latts, Dalcroze
Adriana Ausch, Dalcroze
Melissa Tucker, Dalcroze
Sarah Fard, The Fretless Classroom

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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Students with instruments sitting outside

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

Summer 2022 Information:

Culturally Responsive Teaching – Engaging All Students  June 27–30
Bridging the Digital Divide – the Laptop Orchestra July 11–15
Dalcroze Summer Program July 11– 23
The Fret-less Classroom – Adaptive Guitar Teaching July 25–29

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).

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.

Culturally Responsive Teaching – Engaging All Students

Faculty: Christopher Sierra
Dates: June 27–30, 9am–4pm
Cost: For graduate credit: $900 (3 credits); for non-credit: $825
Center your students in a meaningful, personal learning environment by creating teaching styles that include all individuals in the classroom. Culturally responsive teaching means viewing your students through an asset-based lens: adapting your educational approach to amplify each student’s identity and individual experience. Learn how to incorporate culturally responsive practices into your curriculum by exploring the role of culture in teaching and in learning to build safe, inclusive spaces for the student and the class as a whole. After this course, you’ll return to your classrooms with the skills to create belonging for every student in the room.
Blended learning.
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Bridging the Digital Divide – the Laptop Orchestra

Faculty: Garo Saraydarian
Dates: July 11–15, 9am–4pm
Cost: For graduate credit: $900; for non-credit: $825
Bring your music classroom into the digital age and engage a new generation of students in music creation. With the power and accessibility of personal computers today, students can realize their creativity without an exhaustive—and expensive— inventory of instruments. You’ll build access for your students from the ground up by learning the basic coding skills of running a digital laptop orchestra. You’ll learn how to meet each of your students where they are in their musical and technological experience. No matter where you are in your experience with digital music production, you’ll learn how this medium of creation is truly accessible and teachable to everyone.
Required Materials: Participants will need a laptop computer and headphones.
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Dalcroze Summer Program

Faculty: Eiko Ishizuka, Ginny Latts, Adriana Ausch, Melissa Tucker
Dates: July 11-July 23, 9am–4pm
Graduate Credits: 3 credits
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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The Fret-less Classroom – Adaptive Guitar Teaching

Faculty: Sarah Fard
Dates: July 25–29, 9am–4pm
Cost: For graduate credit: $900; for non-credit: $825
The guitar is one of the most versatile, accessible, and popular instruments for students of all ages and levels of experience. Teaching guitar isn’t about the guitar— it’s about the students. Different ages, experiences levels, and physical ability often require different styles of teaching. This workshop is geared towards refining and adapting differential teaching skills that open the door for you to engage your students in myriad ways. Learn how to tap into your students’ existing interests and build a curriculum that is relevant and attainable for all learning styles. Explore various practice materials, adaptative instruments and notation, and the use of music technology to enhance inclusive learning in your guitar classes.  Just be sure to bring your own frets—there are none to be found here!
Required Materials: Participants will need a computer and a guitar
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Price per graduate-credit = $300. Price per non-credit = $275.