Teacher Education
Summer Professional Development

Longy Campus
Cambridge, MA

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


Music Education Summer Faculty
Jamie Gunther

The classroom is a place in which an assemblage of knowledge, texts, and experiences should be shared, destabilized, and explored by teachers and students as co-learners, who endeavor to uncover a surplus of knowledge that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

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 2023


2023 Dalcroze Summer Intensive June 26 –July 14, 2023

Adaptive Music
Teaching Towards Accessibility and Inclusion
July 10 – 14, 2023
Music Program Reboot
Growing Your Program from the Inside Out
July 17 – 21, 2023
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Learning Made Equitable
August 14 – 18, 2023

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).


Culturally Responsive Teaching in General Music
8-Week Online, Asynchronous Course
June 20 – August 23, 2023

Christopher Sierra, Culturally Responsive Teaching
Jared Cassedy, Music Program Reboot
Sarah Fard, Adaptive Music

Adaptive Music—Teaching Towards Accessibility and Inclusion

Date: July 10 – 14, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Longy School of Music
Faculty: Sarah Fard
Cost: For graduate credit $950 (3 credits); for non-credit: $875
Everyone deserves a music education, but how do we ensure that the music class is accessible for all students? Through the lens of Universal Design for Learning, educators will review modifications and accommodations as they apply to their specific curriculum and materials. Participants will explore various forms of notation, instrument adaptations, and assessment strategies that can be applied to their curricular goals. Focus will also be given to understanding why specific disabilities impact a student’s ability to read, write, hear, or apply musical information. Participants will leave the workshop with accessible and relevant resources for adapting material for their students.

Students sitting on grass

Music Program Reboot—Growing Your Program from the Inside Out

Date: July 17 – 21, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Longy School of Music
Faculty: Jared Cassedy
Cost: For graduate credit $950 (3 credits); for non-credit: $875
During this weeklong interactive course, practicing K-12 music educators will be given the opportunity to connect with other colleagues and reimagine their music programs together while looking inwardly at their own values and approaches to music education. Topics will include advocacy, program needs assessment and visioning, making work around diversity, equity, inclusion, and social-emotional learning sustainable, and setting ourselves up for success in the new school year. Let’s take some time to dive into the questions and challenges that you are facing and come away with tools, strategies, and mindsets that will enable you to continue growing your program from the inside out!

Students with instruments sitting outside

Culturally Responsive Teaching—Learning Made Equitable

Date: August 14 – 18, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Longy School of Music
Facilitator: Chris Sierra
Cost: For graduate credit $950 (3 credits); for non-credit: $875
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.


Culturally Responsive Teaching in General Music

Date: June 20 – August 23, 2023
Time: 8-Week Asynchronous Course (with 3 optional opportunities to meet with faculty on Zoom)
Location: ONLINE
Faculty: Lorrie Heagy
Costs: For graduate credit $950 (3 credits); for non-credit: $875

In this online, self-paced course you’ll explore a full spectrum of alternative and traditional music pedagogy—rooted in culturally responsive teaching, to meet the needs of all of your students. Topics include: informal music learning, global repertoire, hip-hop songwriting, Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze, and Kodaly/Feierabend. We’ll also explore music for social change in the context of general music education. Work through readings and assignments on your own schedule and at your own pace, with the option of real-time check-ins with faculty throughout the course.