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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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Professional Development Events

 
Idea Exchange | Fostering the Musician's Spirit: Developing and Nurturing Musicality in Students
Presented by Jon Iverson
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 125

From time to time, we teachers come across a student either in lessons or at a performance that has a certain je ne sais quoi – an X-factor – that is genuinely musical. This “thing” makes us swoon, it touches our heart – it moves us. But what is that elusive quality, where does that expressiveness come from, and how can we develop that musicality in all of our students?

In his role as MacPhail’s Student Performance Coordinator, pianist and faculty member Jon Iverson has heard hundreds, if not thousands, of performances. In this presentation, we will discuss a broad overview of musicality: what it is, where it comes from, and most pertinent to teachers, how to foster it in students.


 

Teacher Rejuvenation Day
Friday, March 3, 2017 | Antonello Hall & US Bank Lobby
 
Click here to reserve your complimentary lunch by February 28
 
Come for everything, or pick and choose the activities that work for you.
 
 
10:00–11:15  | Antonello Hall | Revisiting Mindfulness and Teaching

Come and hear a panel of School Partnership teachers, share their use of mindfulness techniques with students in group teaching settings. The results will amaze you!

Jennifer Niedzielski, returns to talk with us about: Extreme Teacher Self-Care: How Self-Compassion Diminishes Stress & Cultivates Compassion and Connection with Our Students

 
11:30–12:30 | Antonello Hall | Addressing the Physical Demands of the Performing Arts
 
Presented by Dr. Paul Schaeffer and Misty Austin, physical therapist from the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Performing Arts Medicine Clinic.

This session will address the physical demands of playing an instrument. The Performing Arts Medicine clinic recognizes the importance of specialized medical services for the performing artists. Through early diagnosis and development of a treatment plan, we give performing artists the tools they need to heal and prevent future injury. Appropriate biomechanics and ergonomics are key for injury prevention and management for any profession, especially for the Musician. Optimal ergonomics can be achieved with postural training, cross training, appropriate instrument selection, and/or adaptive equipment to meet an artist’s individual needs.

 
12:00–1:00 |  US Bank Lobby | Complimentary Lunch | Click here to reserve your complimentary lunch by February 28
 
 
1:00–2:00 | Antonello Hall | REPEAT PRESENTATION: Addressing the Physical Demands of the Performing Arts
 
Presented by Dr. Paul Schaeffer and Misty Austin, physical therapist from the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Performing Arts Medicine Clinic.

This session will address the physical demands of playing an instrument. The Performing Arts Medicine clinic recognizes the importance of specialized medical services for the performing artists. Through early diagnosis and development of a treatment plan, we give performing artists the tools they need to heal and prevent future injury. Appropriate biomechanics and ergonomics are key for injury prevention and management for any profession, especially for the Musician. Optimal ergonomics can be achieved with postural training, cross training, appropriate instrument selection, and/or adaptive equipment to meet an artist’s individual needs.


 


 

Idea Exchange | Tips for Teaching Students with Mental Health Diagnoses
Presented by Jane Laine & MacPhail Music Therapists
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126

Description coming soon...


 

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.