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ETM Continues Professional Development in Stamford with a Day-Long Seminar

Following up on successful professional development workshops for K-8 music teachers in Stamford, CT last spring, ETM ran a full-day session on August 28th, attended by approximately 40 K-12 music teachers from across the district. Entitled "Providing a Sound Education," the day provided music faculty with best practices, ideas for new activities and lessons, and strategies for supporting other academic subjects while continuing to teach music.
ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler welcomed teachers and encouraged them to use the workshops as "an opportunity to validate what you already know and do, share your expertise and ideas with your colleagues, and pull together some new ideas that you can use in the upcoming year."
Participants each attended two workshops of their choosing. Sessions addressed Orff and Dalcroze methodologies, choral and band repertoire and technique, songs for the elementary classroom, children's literature and music, and classroom management in grades K-8.
ETM Director of Programs Stephen Herx and other experts from the field led the sessions. In addition, Dr. Laura R. Nash, Program Director of the Music Education Program at Fairfield University, gave a keynote speech.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One participant called the choral techniques seminar, "the best workshop the district has presented in my twenty years of teaching." Other teachers wrote, "Thanks for offering [the Orff] class. It was fun and will be very useful to me," and referred to the Dalcroze presentation as "the best workshop in a long time."
ETM hopes to continue to provide professional development in support of Stamford's music teachers.