Next up in the Teacher's Lounge Series: Advocating for your music program

Music is vital to our lives. The role music plays in young students' lives is invaluable, and as music educators, we know this without question. While there continue to be many unknowns facing the performing arts, music teachers are getting creative in their upcoming school year plans. Our panelists will help you be prepared to discuss your department needs with school administrators, rally support for your program within your school and community, and develop a roadmap for teaching music in this evolving situation.

Advocating for your music program: How to win with admin
Steve Venz, Jennifer Floyd, Colette Hebert
Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. PT

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Meet Your Speakers


Steve Venz
Chief Academic Officer, Little Kids Rock


Jennifer Floyd
L.A. Based String Educator & Performer


Colette Hebert
Music Teacher, DAR Project Founder

The Teacher's Lounge Recap

If you missed any of our previous sessions, not to worry—you can access the recorded sessions at any time.

Using Music to Heal
Led by: Jessica Nápoles and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
| Originally aired Wednesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. ET
As teachers of music, we are all too familiar with its healing powers. With so much going on in the world, many of us are looking for ways to help. Join panelists Jessica Nápoles and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as they discuss ways we can help each other, our students, and our communities to heal through song.

Overcoming Technology: A Guide for Music Teachers
Led by: Kirt Mosier, Gary Seighman, and Shawn Harrel
| Originally aired Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET
Whether you're looking to finish out the school year with some new skills or sharpen your tech-savviness over the summer break, our panelists will give you practical tips for creating digital music, tips for rehearsing and teaching virtually, introduce you to tons of online tools and platforms, and leave you feeling inspired to tackle technology.

Discussion: Pro Tips for Keeping your Ensemble Engaged
Led by: Jeffrey Grogan, Kirt Mosier, and Greg Gilpin
| Originally aired Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. ET
Learn real-world tips for going the extra mile to keep your music students engaged and invested in your newly virtual classroom.

Discussion: The Post-COVID Classroom
Led by: Jeffery Redding, Jeffery Ames, and Jessica Nápoles
| Originally aired Tuesday, May 19 at 11 a.m. ET
How will your classroom standards and techniques evolve to meet new expectations post-COVID-19? Hear from GRAMMY-winning Jeffery Redding, Belmont University's Jeffery Ames, and University of North Texas's Jessica Napoles as they tackle this tough question.

Composing Music: A Guide to Getting Started
Led by: Greg Gilpin
| Originally aired Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. ET
Whether you're looking to get into composing yourself or teaching it to your students, you'll learn new techniques for getting started and broadening your skill set from seasoned Composer and Arranger Greg Gilpin.

Looking forward: Choosing Your Band & Orchestra Repertoire
Led by Jason Seber, Kirt Mosier, and Ken Ozzello
| Originally aired Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. ET
So, you weren't able to perform or compete this spring? Let's discuss the impact of a spring of virtual learning, lack of performances, and potential need to rebound talent levels going into the new school year.

Bridging the Gap and Choosing Your Choral Repertoire
Led by: Lynne Gackle and Edith Copley
| Originally aired Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. ET
Should you select easier repertoire moving into the new year? How will your choices be impacted if schools continue to run virtually? Let's discuss.