Professional Development


Mar. 7, 16, & 24 BOOK TALKS: You’ve read the book, so now let’s talk about it! Ask Jen questions and stay for the beautifully real conversations about music education and how we can continue to find our way as music teachers. LEARN MORE

Mar. 17, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST – PAY ATTENTION! A Close Look at Student Engagementwe will explore the psychology of attention and how to use it effectively in your classroom. Learn concrete strategies to get your students to pay attention and to keep them engaged throughout your class – without checking their phone! CTLE credit available for NYS teachers. I WANT IN!

Apr. 14, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST – Learning the Language of Advocacy for the ArtsPractice the language of advocacy and inspire confidence to speak up in support of the arts. Our students need the arts now more than ever, and we must continue to use our voices to advocate for our programs. We will discuss reactive, situational, and proactive advocacy as well as develop concrete strategies to help you communicate the importance of arts education with administrators, community members, elected officials and other stakeholders. YES, PLEASE!

All of the following workshops can be adapted to fit your event. 
Contact Jen to discuss your specific needs.

Adolescents in the Music Classroom

​This interactive workshop focuses on developmentally responsive teaching and best practices for music educators to meet the educational needs of middle school students. They are rapidly and profoundly changing physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and psychologically. When we understand their needs, we can adjust the way we teach so they get the most out of their time making music.

“Thank you for a phenomenal middle school general music presentation today! I love going to your sessions every year. You continue to inspire me to be a better educator.” ~ Christine, New Hartford, NY

The Circle of Courage: Belonging, Mastery, Independence & Generosity in General Music

​Based on a Native American philosophy of child rearing, the Circle of Courage is a remarkable way to think about how we can teach music through these four concepts. Jen has used this paradigm throughout her teaching career with great success. As students works towards achievement in all four areas, they gain confidence to be empowered musicians and their strengths carry over in other aspects of their lives.

“I was impressed with Jen’s leadership of the music teacher group this morning. She is a natural and the teachers really listened to her and I know will follow her direction and suggestions.” ~Ginny, Virginia

A Place in the Staff

​Jen will take the group through the big points in her book, including knowing your “why,” understanding school culture, advocacy and teacher self-care. This workshop includes copies of A Place in the Staff for every participant.

Music and Emotional Literacy ~ Teaching empathy in your ensemble

In today’s “selfie” culture, it is extremely necessary to teach empathy and emotional literacy whenever we can. When we make frequent explicit connections between music making and emotion, students become more self-aware of their own emotions and can begin recognize emotions in others. This can truly begin to change the school culture to one that is more caring and kind.

“Jen was very engaging, personable and knowledgeable. The workshop was awesome and really inspired me on how to go about rewriting curriculum to make music learning more fun.”
~Teacher, Half Hollow Hills

General Music: the most important class you teach

​Middle School General Music is of particular interest as this class is incredibly important to keep students engaged in active music making, resulting in a lifelong support and participation in music.

“I was very impressed and inspired by your session on Middle School General Music. Our county participants are constantly asking for more middle school based clinicians and you fill that need perfectly. You have a lot to offer for a classroom music workshop!” ~Christa, Vice President of Classroom Music for Suffolk County Music Educators Association

Student Centered Learning ~ Get off the podium!

​Students learn best when they are actively engaged in their own discovery of knowledge. In a traditional ensemble, directors are leading the group, making most of the musical decisions and corrections. While there is a time for direct instruction, we need to explore ways for students to take ownership of their own music making for a deeper connection and skills for lifelong learning.

Discover Your Sound ~ A Collaboration

Jen will work with your music department to facilitate staff with finding your mission and vision, uniting the curriculum reflective of mission and vision, encourage collaboration within the department, help establish policies and protocols to maintain consistency and empower staff to discover their own strengths within the department.

Previous Workshops include…

NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association)

NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association)

APME Conference (Association for Popular Music Education)

NYSMSA (New York State Middle School Association)

Balanced Mind Conference, Long Island

Regional Conferences throughout New York State

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