The Institute for Educators is The Music Center’s premier professional development program. Teachers participate in transformative experiences, engaging in the artistic process, participating in a community of learners, and exploring how the arts can be powerful tools for integrated learning.
ENGAGING WITH ARTISTS AND EDUCATORS
The impact of the Institute resides with teachers interacting with master teaching artists and guest educators, participating in authentic and meaningful arts learning, and addressing critical ideas about the arts, creativity, and education. Through this process, teachers walk away with renewed ownership, insight, and confidence that the arts can transform their classrooms.
FOCUS ON AN ANCHOR WORK
The Institute for Educators uses the in-depth study of a significant work of art – an “anchor work” – as a powerful approach to support learning in the arts. Working with a team of master teaching artists, educators explore the anchor work through one or more arts discipline. Educators gain a new understanding of the ways the arts can help communicate big ideas and themes that make learning come to life in compelling ways.
As teachers, principals, artists and students investigate and interpret an artwork, they:
- Increase their arts skills and knowledge by creating, performing and responding to individual and small group work.
- Gain deeper understanding about the universal themes and big ideas from the anchor work.
- Make connections and express meaning through structured creative and performance tasks.
- Use specific criteria to assess and share feedback about artistic work.
Teams of teachers, educators, arts specialists and teaching artists work side-by-side as reflective learners and collaborative partners. The Institute is about hands-on learning and building a community of learners through a group process. Participants experience lessons guided by professional artists, inquire into content and meaning, and create, perform, reflect and assess about their own work and practice.
AFTER THE INSTITUTE
The Music Center offers multiple opportunities for educators to receive ongoing classroom-based support from master teaching artists. Schools and districts build robust arts integration partnerships based on key principles explored in our Institute that encourage teacher growth and academic success.
For further information please contact:
Leonardo Bravo, Director of School Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org