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Summer Music Educators Workshop

Join K–12 music educators from across the country in New York City 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.

Session 1 | Dare to Explore: Creating a Culturally Authentic Music Classroom

July 15–18, 2020

How can you authentically integrate music from multiple cultures into your music classroom and curriculum? This session is inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers program, 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 capability for teaching traditions outside of Western classical music
  • experience music making through genre-specific ensembles

The faculty will include master musicians representing genres from different parts of the world, along with experts in fostering culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms.

Margaret Jenks, Music Educator, Madison, Wisconsin
Ilusha Tsinadze, Georgian Folk Artist
Martha Redbone, Native American Artist

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Session 2 | Dare to Create: Unleashing Student Inquiry through Expression

July 23–26, 2020

How is a creative music classroom driven by expression and inquiry?

This session will focus on supporting teachers in strategizing and unearthing the creativity students bring to the classroom. Through the Great Music Teaching Framework, educators and expert guest faculty will explore how to

  • craft meaningful questions to reveal students’ creativity
  • expand the possibilities of an authentic music-making process in the classroom
  • foster a learning and community spirit in the classroom through improvisation and composition
  • express teachers’ individual creative identity within community

Faculty will include:

  • Michael Raiber, Instrumental Music Educator and Author

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Past faculty has included

  • Thomas Cabaniss, Composer and Teaching Artist
  • Richard Mannoia, Teaching Artist and Consultant
  • Shanna Lesniak-Whitney, Teaching Artist
  • Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Ronnie Oliver Jr., Associate Director of Choral Activities, Manhattan School of Music
  • James Ross, Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Maryland
  • Randal Swiggum, Music Director, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra in Illinois
  • Margaret Jenks, Music Educator, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops
  • Peggy Dettwiler, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Mansfield University

Summer Program Registration Policies

Registration Fee Cancellation or Refund

In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please email expressing your wish to do so. Registration refund requests must be received no later than Friday, June 26, 2020. All cancellations after that date will not be refunded. Carnegie Hall is not responsible for refunds of hotel or travel accommodations.

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 4 day workshop. Carnegie Hall reserves the right to cancel the registration of participants that do not meet these requirements. A full refund will be issued to registrants 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 issue full refunds for any registrations received beyond that capacity and those prospective participants will be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations.

Program Changes and Cancellations

Programs and guest faculty are subject to change. If the event is cancelled or postponed, we will announce the change by email, and refunds will be issued to the credit card used for payment.

Having trouble with registration?

Please email and we will resolve the issue to the best of our ability.

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

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