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Our Impact

Music Workshop provides teachers with free access to high-quality, culturally responsive, music-empowered education. Our work helps educators to bring an innovative approach to music teaching and learning in their classrooms, inspiring students to enrich their lives through music – and we couldn’t do it without you.

Music Workshop programs support teachers in…

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We Make It Easy To Bring Music to Life

Music Workshop’s free curriculum is designed to teach students about the intersection of music and life through a combination of active listening, reading, physical activity, and critical thinking. Our new professional development courses highlight new ways teachers can use music in their classrooms to support their students’ well-being.

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Our Impact for Music Educators

Our free classroom programming gives music teachers at all levels an easy way to incorporate culturally responsive educational content into their curriculum. In the professional development course Music for Well-Being for Music Educators they can explore new ways to empower students with music and teach them to use music listening as a tool for well-being.

 

Our Impact for General Educators

Music Workshop courses can be taught by any educator, regardless of their musical background, location or means. Teachers can trust that the materials align with national standards for music and humanities education, and include all the resources they need to use music in a respectful and culturally appropriate way.

 

Our Impact for Substitutes and Remote Learning

Along with its various applications within a curriculum, our program’s flexibility allows for high-quality, turnkey lessons perfect for an unexpected remote learning day or last-minute substitute.

 

“This course enabled my class to share personal connections with their heritage or parents’ lived cultural experiences and allowed others to be listeners to differing perspectives. My younger students expressed a lot of pride in the representation in this course, through heightened enthusiasm and the eagerness to teach dancing styles to each other.”

Ashley, St. James Santiago School

“The kids loved the program – particularly one student who is a foster child with Native background. He was thrilled that I was presenting things he knew about and the others didn’t. He confirmed all kinds of facts for us and he’s still talking about it days later!”

Catherine, Grandview Public School

“My school has a very high Latinx population. During the Mariachi portion of the video there was a clip of a little boy singing in a band. I paused and explained to a 5th grade class how brave the little boy is to be singing in front of everyone. One of my students who is from Central America said, ‘Actually, miss, it’s not uncommon to see this type of thing,’ and a few other students nodded. This proved my ignorance and was a wonderful moment for my students to teach me and contribute to the lesson.”

Schriel, Brookside Elementary

“Music Workshop has been so beneficial in my music classroom this year, because without a curriculum and limited supplies, free resources such as this provide interesting and informative lessons that are easily implemented in any classroom at any point in the year.”

Nancy, Kelly Elementary School

“For our virtual learning experience during COVID-19, your program is my curriculum. Thank you!! I really appreciate the thought and planning put into Music Workshop and really appreciate being able to use it. Music Workshop will continue to be a part of my curriculum even after COVID. Consider me your number one fan!!!”

Robert, Idlewood Elementary School

“Love it! I know that a sub could easily show the videos and do the followup, so it is nice to have the option to leave it for him or her. But I enjoy them so much that if I don’t need a sub, I will still use them periodically through the year. Thank you!!!!”

Carol, Chehalem Elementary

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We Connect Students to the World, and Each Other, Through Music

Music Workshop’s Culture Series exposes students to music, instruments, genres, and ideas from around the world, an experience that is especially rare in grades K-8. This programming provides students with a connection to the global community and spark curiosity that will follow them throughout their educational journeys.

We prioritize representation and inclusion in all of our programming. We want all students to be able to see themselves in the music and use it as a tool to connect with each other. Studies show that culturally responsive education strategies improve students’ self-esteem, motivation, emotional well-being, and trust in adults – all of which can lead to better overall academic success and personal development. For students of color, especially, seeing their cultural heritage positively represented in the classroom through music can create a powerful sense of belonging and pride.

“Music Workshop has been so beneficial in my music classroom this year, because without a curriculum and limited supplies, free resources such as this provide interesting and informative lessons that are easily implemented in any classroom at any point in the year.”

Nancy, Kelly Elementary School

“The program is top-notch! The most culturally responsive, engaging curricular resource available to me. Students light up when they see “themselves” in the music — people playing music they listen to outside of school and look like them. Thank you!”

Naomi, Wayzata Birchview Elementary

“Love it! I know that a sub could easily show the videos and do the followup, so it is nice to have the option to leave it for him or her. But I enjoy them so much that if I don’t need a sub, I will still use them periodically through the year. Thank you!!!!”

Carol, Chehalem Elementary

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