Music Education and Special Needs Study Group: Winter 2020

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The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs is proud to announce the 2020 Music Education and Special Needs Study Group for music educators throughout the United States. This one-of-a-kind educator professional development opportunity offers both in-person and remote participation options so that anyone anywhere can attend the sessions, gain valuable knowledge, and learn strategies for reaching every student in the music studio, classroom, and ensemble settings.

Those who are interested can earn 15 professional development points (PDPs) from Massachusetts from participating.

The study group will include: 

  • working sessions (presentations, teaching demonstrations, discussions),
  • readings (research-based and practice-based publications),
  • reflections (written journal entries and conversations), and
  • individual projects to apply what you learn to your teaching. 


Cost

There is no charge for the Study Group, but individuals must register by submitting the registration form below.

Working Sessions

There will be five sessions, each three hours in length. There will also be online engagement for all participants between the sessions.

Times and Location

In-person meetings will take place at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus in 921 Boylston Street, room 311, on the following dates and times. All sessions will be live-streamed over our WebEx platform and recorded for asynchronous participation. 

  • January 25, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)
  • February 1, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)
  • February 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)
  • February 29, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)
  • March 14, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)
  • In case of a weather cancellation for one of these dates, the makeup day will be March 21, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (level I); 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. (level II)

Topics

The workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Differentiation of instruction
  • Universal design for learning
  • Behavior management
  • Using technology to teach music to students with special needs
  • Assessment
  • Adaptive music notation for a wide range of levels
  • Hands-on activities for classroom and ensemble settings

There is no cost, but registration is required.

REGISTER