On two Saturdays in November, ETM hosted Teachers Institutes at P.S. 182 in the Bronx and P.S. 83 in East Harlem. Teachers from all ETM partner schools were invited to attend the workshops to gain a better understanding of what their students learn in ETM’s music programs.
This year, the Teachers Institutes featured technology’s role in music class, with one session focusing on the use of SMART Boards to enliven lessons. Other topics covered included: reaching special needs students through music, literacy and music, and improvisation, where participants collaborated to create an original work. In a session called Orchestra 101, teachers even learned to play the violin.
Participants’ comments on the workshops were overwhelmingly positive. One teacher said, “Today’s professional development has taught me that music is more than an extracurricular activity. It is a way to help students develop their cognitive development, expression, and learning style.” Another teacher commented, “I learned that there is so much that can be done to integrate music into the curriculum.”
(The ETM Teachers Institutes were made possible in part by funding from the McGraw-Hill Companies.)