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About Music Workshop

Music Workshop is a nonprofit organization that creates high-quality, culturally responsive music programming for teachers to use in their classrooms and professional development to further their own learning.

Together with our worldwide community of teachers, our mission is to inspire students everywhere to enrich their lives and learning through music.

Who We Are

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The Music Workshop staff and board are the heart and soul of Music Workshop. We are parents, musicians, educators, and changemakers, brought together by a shared belief in the power of music to educate, inspire, and motivate.

Meet Our Team

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The Music Workshop team is especially proud to collaborate with a diverse network of advisors who have musical expertise and personal connections with the cultures that our lessons represent.

Meet Our Advisors

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Our work is made possible by many community, corporate, and individual partners, who support our mission with their donations, expertise, and creativity.

Meet Our Partners

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Music is For Everyone

Music Workshop’s mission is to create inspirational, music-empowered education accessible for all. This is why our free curriculum can be taught by any educator – regardless of their musical background, location, or financial means. It is an easy way to incorporate culturally responsive teaching through music into an existing curriculum.

Experiencing Culture Through Music

Music Workshop prioritizes a global representation of a broad range of cultures in our programming. Music is a natural entry point to culturally responsive teaching, which is known to improve emotional well-being, trust, and sense of belonging for all students.

Music For Better Life and Learning

We make it easy to incorporate music-empowered learning throughout the school day with a combination of active listening, social engagement, physical activity, and critical thinking. And while Music Workshop programming is built for the classroom, it’s also flexible enough to be used for distance learning or home schooling.

Origin Story

After seeing music programs being cut in her own children’s schools, Amy Richter founded Music Workshop in 2012 with a mission to educate, inspire and motivate students through culturally responsive, music-empowered education.

“For years, music education has been viewed as a luxury and not a necessity – so when budget cuts come along, it’s one of the first things to go,” she said. “I couldn’t stand by and watch music disappear from my kids’ schools as well as elementary and middle school classrooms across the country.”

She joined forces with other concerned parents and educators, and together they set out to create music history and appreciation programming that teachers everywhere could use in their classrooms to inspire students to use music as a tool to improve their lives. Now, into its second decade of service, Music Workshop has a well-established network of teachers who trust and rely on our materials to help their students understand and connect to themselves, others and the world around them through music.

As we’ve grown, our teacher community has shared that they need more support to help students manage the social and academic challenges they face in the wake of the pandemic. So, we have launched a series of new professional development courses to teach educators and administrators at all levels how to use music as a tool for healing and growth.

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How Our Program Works

Teachers create their own Music Workshop account to access Music Workshop’s free classroom curriculum and paid professional development courses through our online teacher portal.

To teach Music Workshop’s free music curriculum, choose from courses on a wide range of musical topics including musical genres, instruments, cultures, and careers in music. Each course provides examples and historical context to help students explore, understand, and connect with the culture, artists, and music.

Our first professional development course, Music for Well-Being for Music Educators, offers new ways to empower students with music and teach them to use music as a tool for well-being. Next, we’re working to develop Music for Well-Being courses for general education teachers and pre-service teachers. Sign up to get notified when we launch these new courses.

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Let’s work together to bring music to life in classrooms everywhere.

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