WorldStrides Performing Arts is proud to sponsor a series of virtual sessions from some of today's most innovative and inspiring music educators. By combining real-world advice and thoughtful discussion, each free session aims to give you a sense of connection during these unprecedented times.
Incorporating Multiculturalism into your Music ProgramAired Tuesday, May 18, 2021
If you’re looking to invest some time this summer at approaching your classroom differently next school year, or simply looking for new ideas to provide a more inclusive and diverse music program to students, you won’t want to miss this session. We’ll discuss ways to recruit more diversity to your ensembles, incorporate repertoire that is representative of other cultures, and provide inspiration for creating students who are thoughtful citizens of the world.
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Celebrating Women in MusicAired Thursday, April 15, 2021
Open to both music teachers and students, our next session is an exploration of women who’ve transformed their love of music into a career. We’ll meet and do a live Q&A with a panel of some truly inspiring female thought-leaders.
Playing in a Pandemic: A Band Director's ForumAired Tuesday, March 9, 2021
A marching and wind band exclusive—from instrumentation and repertoire to rebuilding confidence and muscle memory, we’ll be discussing the unique challenges band directors are facing as well as some best practices for in-person rehearsals and performances.
Planning a Trip: The Benefits of Starting NowAired Thursday, February 11, 2021
Whether it’s traveling to state and regional competitions, national festivals, or touring abroad, music programs thrive on sharing their music with the world. Hear from fellow teachers on best practices for setting up for success now, and leave feeling inspired to get back on the road with unique ideas for recruitment and gaining administrative approval.
Protecting Yourself from BurnoutAired Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Band Director Lesley Moffat authored the book I love my job but it’s killing me…and that was before 2020! Her wellness techniques and calming exercises will help keep you (and your students) mindful and centered.
Best Practices for In-Person Rehearsals and PerformancesAired Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Whether you’re inching towards your first in-person rehearsals or looking for tips to safely pull off a spring concert, our panelists bring fresh perspective and share their guidance for getting back in the spotlight.
We’re All Remote Teaching Experts Now…Right?Aired Monday, February 8, 2021
For many of us, we can now say we have nearly a year of remote teaching under our belts. So, why does it always feel like there’s more to learn? Gain practical tips and unique ideas for keeping students inspired through the remainder of the school year.
Careers Behind the MusicAired Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Open to teachers and music students, this session is an exploration of some exciting career fields in the arts, followed by a live Q&A.
Assessing Successes and Challenges of the School Year StartAired October 7, 2020
While we're not all destined to be a famed solo artist or in a renowned rock band, there are plenty of exciting careers in the performing arts. In this webinar, we sit down with three professionals who chose alternative futures in the field of music. We'll discuss what makes their field unique, how to get started in the industry, and how their love of music continues to fuel their passions.
Lesson in Film ScoresAired September 17, 2020
Music can take a film scene from powerful to timeless. Do you know the process for coordinating those scores with the movie? Kansas City Symphony Associate Conductor Jason Seber takes us behind-the-scenes on films like Star Wars while showing how to take this concept and develop your own lesson on film scores for your classroom. Students will enjoy seeing the process and imagining a career in this important art form.
This session could not be recorded due to the proprietary nature of the content. However, you're welcome to access the Webinar Handout resource for additional information.
How to Recruit and Retain in 2020Aired August 21, 2020
This school year presents many challenges, and many music directors are anxious about retaining students to their music program as well as their ability to recruit new interest. Join us to discuss building relationships with students in a virtual world, creating a music program of dedicated students, and driving new recruits to your classroom in our new normal.
Celebrating Diversity & InclusionAired August 20, 2020
Now more than ever, music directors are exploring ways to incorporate more lessons and pieces that celebrate diversity and inclusion. Our panelists help you navigate everything from hosting uncomfortable conversations with students, promoting connection and well-being, including social justice teachings, and choosing an appropriate repertoire.
Funding Your Music ClassroomAired August 19, 2020
A spring of isolation left many music programs behind in their fundraising strategy. Our panelists will discuss unique and proven virtual fundraising ideas, plus a tutorial on getting grants for your classroom. Every attendee takes home our free COVID-approved fundraising guide!
In the New NormalAired August 18, 2020
Whether you'll be teaching in-person or remotely, the band and orchestra classroom will look quite different this fall. Join our panelists for a discussion about teaching tactics, rehearsal strategies, instrument management, and a classroom how-to.
In the Time of COVIDAired August 17, 2020
Join us for a deeper dive on teaching choir in our new normal. We'll discuss classroom setup suggestions, structuring virtual rehearsals, and teaching beyond the performance. Whether your plan includes remote or in-person instruction, you'll leave feeling inspired for the road ahead.
How to Win with AdminAired June 25, 2020
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 prepare 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.
Using Music to HealAired June 17, 2020
As teachers of music, we're 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.
A Guide for Music TeachersAired June 4, 2020
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, as well as rehearsing and teaching virtually, introduce you to tons of online tools and platforms, and leave you feeling inspired to tackle technology.
Choosing Your Choral RepertoireAired May 22, 2020
Should you select an easier repertoire moving into the new year? How will your choices be impacted if schools continue to run virtually? Let's discuss.
Choosing Your Band & Orchestra RepertoireAired May 21, 2020
So, you weren't able to perform or compete this spring? Let's discuss the impact of a spring with virtual learning, lack of performances, and potential need to rebound talent levels going into the new school year.
A Guide to Getting StartedAired May 20, 2020
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.
The Post-COVID ClassroomAired May 19, 2020
How will your classroom standards and techniques evolve to meet new expectations post-COVID? 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.
Pro Tips for Keeping your Ensemble EngagedAired May 18, 2020
Learn real-world tips for going the extra mile to keep your music students engaged and invested in your newly virtual classroom.