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Welcome to the MacPhail Music Learning Lab, the go-to professional development resource for MacPhail Center for Music faculty members.

On this page you will find a comprehensive list of professional development events.

Our blog, LabReport, features a wide range of MacPhail faculty-generated content, posts by guest bloggers, and excellent content drawn from around the web.

The MacPhail faculty is rich with ideas. Our hope is that every idea worth sharing from every individual and gathering at MacPhail will find its way onto the Learning Lab website.

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The MacPhail Tech Mentors are available to provide one-on-one assistance to their MacPhail colleagues as they work to integrate new tools into their work. Click here for details.

Professional Development Events



Idea Exchange | Tips for Teaching Students with Mental Health Diagnoses
Presented by Melissa Wenszell & Jane Sheffler
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126

Mental illness is not something that can be seen outwardly, but the signs are often there. Because of the unique relationship that students and teachers develop, you as faculty are in a position to provide consistent support and help all students reach their highest potential. Come to this presentation and hear about how to support your student’s mental wellbeing.


Idea Exchange | Using Technology to Support Your Teaching
Presented by MacPhail Tech Mentors
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 310

Details to be announced...


Key Faculty Presentation | Learning Styles and Teaching; Recognizing Similarities and Differences
Presented by Cheryl Henningsgaard, Nick Johnson & Dianna Babcock
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126 — Complimentary lunch. Click here to RSVP by May 1
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 125 — Snacks & coffee provided. No RSVP. 

We all have a desire to learn, but have a preferred learning modality in how we best absorb, process, comprehend and retain information. These preferences are represented in four different overarching learning styles: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and read/write. As musicians and teaching artists, we tend to be more auditory learners. With the infusion of technology, we have become a more visual society which can present a disconnect in how we, as musicians engage in learning and teaching others. In this discussion, we will learn about the four learning styles, discover what we are, and learn new strategies to best connect with our students and meet their individual learning style needs.