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Music Educators Workshop

During the 2019–2020 school year, up to 100 music educators in the New York City area will be selected to participate in a free, yearlong Music Educators Workshop that includes monthly interactive sessions with top music educators. The sessions will take place on one Saturday per month from September to June. Please see the program details below for descriptions of specific topics.

Participants will receive an honorarium of up to $500 upon the successful completion of the program and will have the option to register for professional credit (“P credit”) from the New York City Department of Education.

We invite K–12 educators to apply for the program and benefit from
  • monthly interactive workshops (on Saturdays) focused on classroom pedagogy, musical creativity, and ensemble leadership led by top music educators and artists
  • concert attendance as a guest of Carnegie Hall
  • observation and feedback on classroom teaching from Music Educators Workshop faculty and peers
  • the opportunity to network with a peer group of New York City music teachers and conductors
To apply, you must
  • work in either a school or community setting
  • work with K–12 music students
  • be able to attend at least nine of the ten sessions
  • contribute to and participate in a community of learners
  • be interested in receiving supplementary training or rejuvenating your musical and teaching practice

Workshop Information

Workshop Schedule

Please note that dates and workshop titles are subject to change.

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
  • Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 10 AM–2 PM
Past faculty has included
  • Thomas Cabaniss, Composer and Teaching Artist
  • Richard Mannoia, Teaching Artist and Consult
  • Shanna Lesniak-Whitney, Teaching Artist
  • Alice Parker, Composer, Conductor, and Teacher
  • Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers, Director of Professional Development, DreamYard
  • Ronnie Oliver Jr., Associate Director of Choral Activities, Manhattan School of Music
  • Randall Allsup, Associate Professor of Music Education, Teachers College Columbia University
  • James Ross, Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Maryland
  • Randal Swiggum, Music Director, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra in Illinois
  • Margaret Jenks, Choral Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Eric Booth, Senior Advisor, El Sistema USA, Teaching Artist
  • Joe Miller, Director of Choral Activities, Westminster Choir College
  • Ron Carter, Retired Director of Jazz Ensemble and Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University
  • Chris Azzara, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Eastman School of Music
  • Malcolm W. Rowell Jr., Retired Director of Bands and Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Liz Lerman, Founder of Dance Exchange
  • Johanna Siebert, Retired Director of Fine Arts, Webster (NY) Central School District
  • Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director and Founder, Brooklyn Youth Chorus
  • Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops
  • Peggy Dettwiler, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Mansfield University
  • Rossen Milanov, Music Director, Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the Music Educators Workshop?

Download and fill out our application form when it becomes available.

Does the deadline date indicate the postmark date or the date the application is due?

In order to ensure timely processing, applications must be received in our offices by the application due date. If you are concerned about delivery speed, feel free to submit your materials via email.

What is the participation fee for the Music Educators Workshop?

There is no participation fee for the Music Educators Workshop. Selected teachers will receive an honorarium of up to $500 each depending upon attendance and successful completion of the program. Participants will also have the option to register for professional credits (“P Credits”) from the New York City Department of Education.

How does this program connect with the professional development programs offered by the New York City Department of Education?

This program has been created in consultation with the New York City Department of Education and supplements the annual Professional Development Series offered by the Office of Arts and Special Projects.

I work with a youth ensemble on a regular basis, but am not certified in music education. May I apply?

Absolutely! Our hope is that we will have a mix of trained music educators in need of artistic rejuvenation, as well as those working in the field with less formal training. We encourage applications from individuals who studied one instrument but find themselves teaching another instrument or a choir. Similarly, we welcome applications from professional musicians who have found second careers as teachers.

I have participated in the Music Educators Workshop in the past. Am I still eligible for this program?

While we give priority to new teachers, we welcome returning teachers as space allows.

Is the Music Educators Workshop only available for ensemble directors?

No. This year we are inviting K–5 music educators to apply for the program as well, expanding to include all K–12 music educators working in school or community settings regardless of their experience directing ensembles.

Lead support for Music Educators Workshop is provided by The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation.

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