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August 28, 2021 | 11:00AM PST

Building Identity, Belonging, and Agency Through Social Emotional Learning


We have all experienced profound trauma this past year. The pandemic, systemic racism, and general sense of divisiveness has left us all longing for the unity that the music classroom can foster—if we make it so. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) can provide a framework to help rebuild our communities and make meaningful music that connects with our students. We will also explore how SEL, equity, social justice, and advocacy intersect.

CLINICIAN: Scott Edgar, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott N. Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University. Prior to his work in higher education he taught K-12 music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. Dr. Edgar serves as Director of Practice and Research for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music. Dr. Edgar is a Music for All Educational Consultant, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Educational Consultant. He enjoys grilling, exercising, and spending time with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, and their cats Elsa and Wolfie.


September 11, 2021 | 9:00AM PST


Reflect on the diversity and inclusivity of your program. Are you focusing on the needs of students as learners and global citizens, rather than only as artists? Have your vision and vocabulary evolved to reflect a changing society? Have you implemented a curriculum that validates the framing of mirrors and windows for students to hear, see, and experience the world, cultures, music, and education in more than one way? These opportunities are crucial for acceptance, development, and unity.

In this session, attendees will examine strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion, infused with social emotional learning, that explore ideas for a program’s vision to include all stakeholders while promoting the education of the whole child in a collaborative climate. Attendees will reflect on personal and programmatic limitations and strengths to enhance teaching, collaborate genuinely with colleagues and community, and engage all learners in face-to-face, hybrid, and remote formats. They will study recent data on student and educator diversity. They will examine language barriers. They will experience exemplar lessons and activities that promote the engagement of all learning styles and discover innovative methods to introduce music, content, cultures, and collaboration to learners of all subject areas, ages, and abilities. Attendees will hear from learners and leaders who will share their limiting learning experiences and heightened understanding of cultural diversity. Questions for reflection and suggestions for implementation will be offered. Resources will be provided to promote an inclusive learning environment throughout education.

CLINICIAN: Lori Schwartz Reichl
Lori Schwartz Reichl has parlayed her experience of establishing and maintaining music programs in various educational settings into a portfolio career of serving as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker, and writer. Lori is the author of over 70 articles and interviews for an assortment of education publications. She has conducted or presented in 15 states, including many international conferences, prepared countless K-12 professional development sessions nationwide, and has been interviewed for 12 music education podcasts. As a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine, she has written many featured stories. Lori is co-author (with Robert Sheldon) of the e-resource Hit the Highest Notes: Tips from the Coordinator and Conductor for Hosting a Successful Honor Ensemble Festival. Lori designed her mentoring publications into a popular graduate course that she instructs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago entitled “Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program.” Lori is the founder of Making Key Changes where she supports the mentorship of educators and motivation of students; co-founder of Women Banding Together, a global group that cultivates mentoring relationships and fosters the development of women band directors; and state chair for Maryland and member of the mentoring committee of Women Band Directors International. Lori earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education and an Educational Leadership Certification in Administration & Supervision. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Education (ABD). Lori strives daily to make key changes in education for all students, families, educators, administrators, and supporters. Learn more about Lori:

DISCIPLINE AREAS: All arts disciplines
REGISTRATION: You can register HERE.
SPONSORED BY: Bertrand’s Music