When social emotional learning (SEL) is embedded into music education, students learn the skills that will help them confront life’s complexities and challenges long after they leave the music classroom.

Save The Music Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning, present a professional learning program specifically geared towards teaching music educators how to embed social emotional learning in the classroom. The free program titled Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education includes nine captivating webinars, an introduction to SEL video (watch below), and a practical reflection guide to help embed these ideas into teaching and learning.

This program will help music educators better understand how to elevate the lived experience, voices, and cultural assets of their students through the development of exemplary music education practices and approaches, designed to activate the SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making through the artistic processes of create, perform, respond, and connect.

This program was announced on September 8, 2021. Read the full press release here.

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy and just communities.” (CASEL, 2021)

Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education
Reflection Guide

The reflection guide includes an introduction to social emotional learning, SEL framework, guiding principles, teacher and student reflection questions, and ideas for intentional, embedded and sustained implementation of SEL in your music classroom.

Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education:
A Professional Learning Webinar Series

The following webinars feature special guest speakers in discussion about unlocking the potential SEL has to deepen our musical connection with students and amplifying student agency in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

EPISODE 1

September 13, 2021

“Connecting Music Education & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)”

Featuring Pamela R. Randall, Ed.D, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
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ArtsEdSEL Team: Bob Morrison, Dr. Scott Edgar, Dr. Yorel Lashley, & Kira Rizzuto

EPISODE 2

October 13, 2021

“Belonging & SEL in Music Education”

Featuring Alysia LeeDarlene Machacon

Facilitated by Kira Rizzuto, Director of Programs & Partnerships at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 3

November 10, 2021

“SEL for Equity & Vitality Through Music Education”

Featuring Dr. Connie McKoy & Mickey Smith Jr.

Facilitated by Dr. Yorel Lashley, Director of Student Empowerment at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 4

December 8, 2021

“Supporting Neurodiversity, Through SEL & Music Education”

Featuring Dr. Alice Hammel, Dr. Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz, & Elise Hackl-Blumstein

Facilitated by Dr. Scott Edgar, Director of Practice & Research at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 5

January 12, 2022
7-8pm ET

“Culturally Relevant SEL Through Music Education”

Featuring Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings & Franklin Willis

Facilitated by Dr. Yorel Lashley, Director of Student Empowerment at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 6

February 9, 2022

“Embodying & Modeling SEL for Music Educators”

Featuring David Adams of The Urban Assembly & Adrienne Hill, a public education administrator

Facilitated by Kira Rizzuto, Director of Programs & Partnerships at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 7

March 9, 2022

“Reimagining the Orchestra Through SEL”

Featuring Jonathan Taylor Rush of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Isaac Sinnett of Ravinia

Facilitated by Dr. Scott Edgar, Director of Practice & Research at ArtsEdSEL

BONUS!

March 23, 2022

Live webinar from the 2022 ASTA National Conference: Celebrating Diversity featuring Jonathan Taylor Rush, Isaac Sinnett, and Dr. Scott Edgar. Watch how an encore conversation of “Reimagining the Orchestra Through SEL” takes shape with the ASTA audience. Learn more about the American String Teachers Association (ASTA): astastrings.org

EPISODE 8

April 13, 2022

“Hip Hop for Student Empowerment Through SEL”

Featuring Dr. Tasha Iglesias, Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris, & Michele Byrd-McPhee,

Facilitated by Dr. Yorel Lashley, Director of Student Empowerment at ArtsEdSEL

EPISODE 9

May 4, 2022

“Amplifying Student Agency Through SEL & Music Education”

Featuring Alysia Lee, Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris, and Franklin Willis

Facilitated by Dr. Scott Edgar, Director of Practice & Research, and Bob Morrison, Executive Director, at ArtsEdSEL

Click the button below to view a resource folder complete with helpful materials from the webinar series.

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The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning is dedicated to illuminating the intersection between arts education and social emotional learning to facilitate the embedded, intentional, and sustained application of SEL-informed arts education. ArtsEdSEL is a program of Arts Ed NJ.

This work was made possible through the support of KKR Covid Response Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.