Summer Music Educators Workshop
Join K–12 music educators from across the country in this virtual, online workshop to expand the impact of your work with young musicians. Learn to reinvigorate your students’ creativity and musicianship, build a community of peers, and invest in your own artistry through creative activities and music making in ensembles.
Dare to Explore: Opening Your Classroom to the World
How can you integrate music from multiple cultures into your music classroom and curriculum? This free, online session is inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers, a robust, fully digital curriculum offered at no cost to teachers across the country.
Educators will join with expert faculty to
- explore musics and cultures from around the world
- build capacity for teaching traditions outside of Western classical music
- experience music making with faculty artists in multiple genres
Schedule is subject to change.
Day 1: July 10
Day 2: July 13
Day 3: July 14
Day 4: July 17
This workshop will be available online for registered teachers.
This workshop has reached capacity.
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ethnomusicologist and Professor of Music, University of Washington
Patricia Shehan Campbell is the Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses centered on the interface of education and ethnomusicology. A singer and pianist who has studied the Japanese koto, Celtic harp, Carnatic Indian mridangam, and Bulgarian and Wagogo song, she is the author of Music, Education, and Diversity: Bridging Cultures and Communities (2018) and other books on the pedagogy of global and local music cultures. She is the recipient of the 2012 Taiji Award (China) and the 2017 Koizumi Prize (Japan) for work on the preservation of traditional music through educational practice. Educational adviser to Smithsonian Folkways and consultant in the repatriation of Alan Lomax recordings to the American South, she is editor of the seven-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series (2018–2020) and the 28-volume Oxford Global Music Series (2004–2020).
Margaret Jenks, Music Educator, Madison Metropolitan School District
Margaret Jenks is former chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship Project and is committed to raising the bar for music education, both in her teaching of K–12 students and in her work mentoring and training teachers. Jenks strives to use her role as a music educator to create a more equitable society by using strategies that promote critical thinking and self-reflection and empowering students to see themselves as capable learners, listeners, and creators. Jenks currently teaches choral and general music at Van Hise Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School, large and diverse schools in the city center of Madison, Wisconsin. She also conducts several choirs for Madison Youth Choirs, a community music organization that serves more than 500 students from the greater Madison area. Since 2012, Jenks has been a regular presenter with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, working with the Music Educators Workshops, Link Up, PlayUSA, and Musical Explorers. Jenks is a frequent guest conductor for state and regional honor choirs, and has directed choirs and led teacher workshops across the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Madison Symphony Orchestra named Jenks its first Music Educator of the Year in 2014, and in 2019 she participated in the Yale Music Symposium, where she received the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award. When not in her classroom or working with students online, Jenks enjoys kayaking on Madison’s many lakes, hanging out with her two boys, thinking of new ways to amuse her students, and listening and reading to continue discovering how other people see the world.
Tupac Mantilla, Percussionist, Educator, and CEO and Artistic Director of PERCUATION
Internationally acclaimed Grammy-nominated percussionist and drummer Tupac Mantilla is regarded as one of the most versatile and creative artists of his generation. His work as a performer, educator, and speaker has been recognized worldwide and includes appearances at major institutions and venues, such as Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; and Harvard, Stanford, and New York universities, to name a few. He has toured and collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, Esperanza Spalding, and Lisa Fischer. Mantilla is the founder, CEO, and artistic director of the global percussion network PERCUACTION. He leads educational and social projects and initiatives around the world through the PERCUACTION Foundation and Global Rhythm Institute, reaching more than 200,000 children and hundreds of teachers with his rhythm-oriented curriculum, methodologies, and books. In 2019, Mantilla launched his latest training tool, R.I.T.M.O. (Rhythmic Immersion Training for Multidimensional Openness): a learning methodology focused on rhythm and the use of the body as a musical and evolutionary tool. He was invited as the opening speaker at the largest TEDx event to date to speak about his concept of rhythmic flow, brainwaves, and string theories in a talk combined with solo percussion.
Constance McKoy, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Connie McKoy is Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research has been published in numerous professional journals, and she has presented at state, national, and international music conferences as a music researcher and clinician. In 2017 and 2019, she participated in the Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and contributed to the 2017 symposium document, “Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students.” She is co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education: From Understanding to Application, published by Routledge. McKoy is an Orff-certified (Level III) recorder teacher, former president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and former chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated society of the National Association for Music Education.
Etienne Charles, Calypso
Etienne Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. Charles brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French-, Spanish-, English-, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean to his compositions. His 2019 album Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1 is an excursion into the varied acoustic sounds, grooves, chants, and rituals of the Carnival in his native Trinidad and Tobago. In June 2012, Charles was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the world. In 2015, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts. His work as a producer, composer, arranger, trumpeter, and percussionist on Petite Afrique, a collaboration with singer Somi, won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards. In 2018, he joined the world renowned SFJAZZ Collective. He currently serves as associate professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Bomba and Plena
As daughter of master plenero Juan Gutiérrez, bomba and plena have been at the center of Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera’s life since childhood. She is one of today’s most respected bomba practitioners and instructors, performing and teaching professionally since 2003 everywhere from Sesame Street to international stages. Gutiérrez-Rivera has been a core member of the Grammy-nominated troupe Los Pleneros de la 21 for more than 15 years, as well as several other diaspora-based ensembles, including Alma Moyo, Legacy Women, and the Bomplenazo Collective. As a dance educator, she has offered workshops and classes and developed curricula for learners of all ages both in and out of school settings. She is known for her highly energetic community dance classes and her ability to contextualize bomba and plena learning across various disciplines. Gutiérrez-Rivera uniquely combines traditional influences with urban swag, telling a story of complex DiaspoRican experiences and advocating for the creativity within these living traditions. In 2016, she helped form Redobles de Cultura, one of NYC’s top bomba groups. Offstage, she contracts as an arts advocate, artist manager, and event producer, working with the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, National Council for Traditional Arts, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and more.
Martha Redbone, Native American
Martha Redbone is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, and educator who draws on both her Native American and African American musical heritage. Raised in Harlan County, Kentucky and pre-gentrified Brooklyn, Redbone redefines Americana music, armed with the power of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilience of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture. With songs and storytelling, Redbone shares her life experience as a Native American, Black woman, and mother navigating the new millennium, and gives voice to issues of social justice by bridging traditions, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit. She is the composer of the original music and score for The Public Theater’s 2019 revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by the late Ntozake Shange. Redbone’s new work Black Mountain Women is a timely musical about the ongoing environmental destruction of her ancestral homeland in Appalachia as told through the lives of four generations of women.
Layth Sidiq, Iraqi Folk
Layth Sidiq is an award-winning violinist, vocalist, and composer who has toured the world and performed with major artists such as Simon Shaheen, Danilo Pérez, Javier Limón, Jack DeJohnette, and Gary Burton. He directs the Tufts University Arab Music Ensemble and the Center for Arabic Culture Children’s Orchestra; he also leads the Layth Sidiq Quartet. In 2018, Sidiq was one of the winners of the Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition in Poland.
Soul Science Lab, Hip Hop
Soul Science Lab (SSL) is a hip hop, jazz, and soul music production company with an empowering approach to self-expression formed by artist, educator, and creative director Chen Lo, and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Asanté Amin. As performance and teaching artists, the duo has toured the globe, performing and leading master classes with a multitude of cultural arts institutions, including Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, Brooklyn Museum, National Sawdust, and others. SSL’s current projects include Soundtrack ’63, a multimedia music production that explores the Black experience in America through images, video, and a hybrid of classics and original music; the duo's debut album release Plan for Paradise; and their kids’ music EP, Soul Science Academy. Most recently, the duo has delivered music education workshops with Harlem Stage, Arizona State University, Dare to Dream Ghana, CREATE South Africa, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Their collective credits include performances with Common, Erykah Badu, Rapsody, GZA, Rhiannon Giddens, Blitz the Ambassador, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Last Poets.
Ilusha Tsinadze, Georgian Folk
Singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze was born in Soviet-era Georgia and at the age of eight immigrated with his family to the US, where his musical upbringing consisted of rock and improvised music. After studying jazz in college, he returned to the folk music of his homeland, reimagining Georgian traditional songs on banjo and electric guitar. Based in New York City, where he collaborates with both American and Georgian artists, Tsinadze records and performs music that is a true expression of a contemporary multicultural identity. He has released two albums of original interpretations of Georgian folk music, and has performed in renowned venues, including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Summer Program Registration Policies
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Registrant Eligibility and Program Capacity
All registrants for the Summer Music Educators Workshop must be school and community music educators working with K–12 students. Participants must also be able to attend all activities over the course of the four-day workshop. Carnegie Hall reserves the right to cancel the registration of participants that do not meet these requirements.
Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that the workshop reaches capacity, Carnegie Hall will notify those participants outside of our capacity and place them on a waiting list in the event of cancellations.
Program Changes and Cancellations
Programs and guest faculty are subject to change. If an event is cancelled or postponed, we will announce the change by email.
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Lead support for Music Educators Workshop is provided by The Grace and Mercy Foundation and The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation.