Last Friday’s conference drew educators from throughout New England, including New York. Participants came to experience a day of presentations, performances, and panels led by Conservatory Lab teachers and staff, discussing the school’s unique approach to music-infused Expeditionary Learning.
Following a keynote address by Howard Gardner, participants divided into grade level groups to learn about learning expeditions taking place in each class. They were asked to put on their “student hats” and experience classroom activities through the eyes of children, then don their “teacher hats” in order to reflect.
The post-lunch Dudamel performance was a highlight for all. One participant wrote, “I cried; watching children of different backgrounds perform together so beautifully is heartwarming and inspiring.”
In the afternoon, Conservatory Lab teachers presented break-out sessions on song writing, the blues, the listening project, and creating a music infused school. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive on the presentations throughout the day. In the words of one teacher, “Children can learn! Lets always have high expectations.”
Participants and presenters will stay in touch through the Music Moves Minds Facebook Page, an on-line community for educators to share ideas, materials, questions, and triumphs with one another.
Bravo to all staff, student ambassadors, and volunteers for your hard work and stunning performance.