Professional Development

Teacher Workshops

Through the Arts 

Have you ever wanted to get smarter about how the arts can reinvigorate your teaching?

Through the Arts teacher workshops target arts integration strategies for K-12 teachers in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers learn creative and effective approaches for integrating the arts into their content areas.

- In the Arts 

Do you want to get better at an art form and have increased confidence to share it with your students?

In the Arts teacher workshops are classes for teachers in the art forms of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers increase their skill level in a specific art form, focusing on practice and technique.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.

The Institute for Educators

Is your teaching as creative and engaging as possible?

The Institute for Educators is The Music Center’s premier professional development program in arts integration, held each summer at The Music Center. During the Institute, teachers engage in hands-on arts learning, participate as a community of learners, and explore how the arts can be powerful tools for integrated learning.

Participants experience lessons rooted in the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core. Guided by Music Center Master Teaching Artists, participants inquire into content and meaning, and create, perform, reflect on, and assess their own work and teaching practice. Teams of teachers, educators, arts specialists, and Music Center Master Teaching Artists work side-by-side as reflective learners and collaborative partners.

Through this process, teachers gain creative and effective tools for arts integration, renewed ownership, and firm commitment to transform their classrooms through the arts. 

Duration: Five consecutive 6-hour days, held each summer at The Music Center.

For more information about the Institute for Educators, visit the Institute for Educators page

Faculty Development

Is your faculty a collection of individuals or a learning community?

Could your faculty benefit from thinking outside the box, collaborating with each other, and discovering new ideas for their students?

Faculty Development sessions focus on training for entire school faculties. The emphasis is placed on expanding current teaching models, including strengthening school learning communities, advancing best practices, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and lesson planning.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.

Teaching Artist Development

Would you like to share your art form with K-12 students and teachers in the most effective way possible?

Teaching Artist Development is a course for new and experienced teaching artists in effective methodologies and best practices for teaching in the K-12 classroom. Artists explore multiple approaches of thinking about, expressing, and harnessing their art form for students and teachers.

Duration: Typically 3-10 sessions of 3 hours each. Sessions are held once or twice per week to allow time to integrate the content into artist work. Sessions can be customized to specific needs.

For more information about Professional Development,
contact: Keith Wyffels, Manager of Professional Development