For Music Educators

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Your students don’t want to sit still in a classroom all summer and neither do you! Longy’s hands-on, interactive, and experiential summer courses will have you on your feet, collaborating with colleagues, growing your network, and developing new skills you can take into your classroom next school year. These short, intensive courses offer three graduate credits for only $950 and professional development points you can use to renew your teaching certificate, increase your salary, and ready you for the next step in your career. 

In-Person Courses:

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Online Courses:

Culturally Responsive Teaching in General Music
8-Week Online, Asynchronous Course
June 23 – August 17, 2024
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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).

For questions, please contact Assistant Director of Teacher Education Jamie Gunther at [email protected].

Please note: Longy no longer offers a Dalcroze summer program. However, if you are still interested in Dalcroze, contact Eiko Ishizuka at [email protected] for information about other Boston-area Dalcroze summer programs.

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.

Want to take your studies further? Learn more about Longy’s Master of Music in Music Education program offered both in-person and online!


Course Descriptions

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Music Program Reboot: Growing Your Program from the Inside Out

Date: July 22 – 26, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. M-T; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. W-F
Location: Longy School of Music
Facilitator: Jared Cassedy 
Cost: Graduate credit $950 (3 credits); Non-credit $875

Are you a K-12 music educator looking to enhance your music program and make it truly shine? This restorative, interactive course gives you the opportunity to connect with colleagues and reimagine your music programs together while looking inwardly at your 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
  • Setting yourself up for success in the new school year   

This course provides you with time and strategies to dive into questions and challenges you’re facing and come away with tools, strategies, and mindsets that will enable you to continue growing your program from the inside out.   

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Empowering Students: The Responsive K-6 General Music Teacher 

Date: July 8, 10, 12, 2024 (three days) 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. M/W/F 
Location: Longy School of Music
Facilitator: Erin Zaffini 
Cost: Graduate credit $950 (3 credits); Non-credit $875

You know access, equity, inclusion, and student agency are important, but what can you do to cultivate them in your music classroom? This hands-on interactive course will engage you in authentic and practical strategies for integrating these concepts into your classroom by combining three key elements of curriculum design, adaptive music methods, and social and emotional learning. As a K-12 music educator, you will participate in activities that center the intersectionality of curricular design with your students’ identified learning and social and emotional needs. Application is key – you will immediately apply these strategies to rewrite and refresh your current curriculum to meet your students’ needs. Learning-by-doing takes center stage, challenging you to perform, create, respond, and connect with your classmates while developing a more equitable general music program for your students. Participants will meet in-person for three days, with asynchronous work assigned for Tuesday and Thursday.  


Summer at Longy (Online) – Culturally Responsive Teaching in General Music 

Date: June 23 – August 17
Time: 8-Week Asynchronous Course (with 3 optional opportunities to meet with faculty on Zoom)
Location: ONLINE
Faculty: Lorrie Heagy
Costs: Graduate credit $950 (3 credits); Non-credit $875

Meeting all your students’ needs is tough, but culturally responsive teaching can help. In this online, self-paced course you’ll dive into a full spectrum of alternative and traditional music pedagogy rooted in culturally responsive teaching in the context of general music education. Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll explore: 

  • Informal music learning 
  • Global repertoire 
  • Hip-hop songwriting 
  • Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Feierabend methods
  • Music for social change  

You’ll work through readings and assignments at your own pace, with the option of real-time check-ins with faculty throughout the course.