Start your year with a STRONG PLAN for YOUR classroom


Recalibrating Music Education Curriculum and Instruction - Fall 2021 and Beyond


Start the school year with a solid Quarter 1 plan for including

* Social Emotional Learning,

* Cultures of Belonging,

* Intentional Technology Integration, and

* Understanding-Based Curriculum Design

in your learning and teaching!

** Option to earn 1 credit - see more below.


In this course you will

- learn new research-based learning and teaching practices

- reflect on your current practice 

- plan actionable quarter 1 strategies for starting your year off strong

- obtain a stellar resource list curate by course experts

- ask questions and share ideas

- collaborate with like-content colleagues

- leave the course with a plan of action

4 workshops with internationally recognized experts to help you recalibrate your curriculum and instruction.

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: Meeting the Needs of ALL of Our Students

Dr. Scott Edgar and Darlene Machacon

Learn specific, actionable strategies for meeting the diverse needs of students in your own classroom through a culturally responsive lens.

Creating Cultures of Belonging in the Music Classroom

Dr. Nicole Robinson

Learn about belongingness and the 4 pillars that can guide you on your path to creating cultures of belonging in your classroom.

Augmenting Musicality: Embracing Digital Hybridity in Music Classrooms

Dr. Nicolas Coffman

As music teachers return to in person clases and normal music making practices, how can we retain lessons learned from online spaces? Creating digital spaces for hybridized engagement can create new opportunities for creative musical practices that have long been difficult to implement in the classroom. This workshop discusses the objectives, means and technologies by which teachers can augment musicality in students now and in the future. 

Curriculum Design in Music Education: Bringing Together What Matters Most

Nyssa Brown

Design a beginning-of-the-year curriculum CUSTOM-TAILORED to your students that includes your priorities from the workshops above - SEL, belongingness, and technology.  We’ll weave together music learning, individual dispositions, and community responsibility to create a solid foundation for learning this year.

How it works:

After you register for the course:

1) 16+ expert-curated resources are immediately available in the course modules.  Dig into these concise, informative, inspirational multimedia resources!

2) Join the private Facebook group and begin collaborating with fellow course members.

3) Add the Zoom calls to your calendar.

4) Ask questions of your experts via the google form in the course modules.

5) Join us on the Zoom calls for more information, inspiration, and collaboration.  (And/or watch the replays.)

6) Share your beginning-of-the-year plans, offer feedback, and collaborate more in our Facebook group.

7) Create our next steps together . . .

Curated Resources

3-5 top resources curated by our guest experts, laser-specific to music classrooms

Reflection Templates

Take your reflection into action with the custom-created templates in the course

Live Zoom Calls

Learn from, talk with, and ask questions of our guest experts during our ive calls

Q and A with Course Experts

Ask YOUR questions of our four different course experts, specific to your classroom.

Private Facebook Group

Ask questions, receive help, offer resources, share beginning-of-the-year plans, etc.

Course available for 1 credit

* Costs for credit are in addition to the course fee.

You can earn 1 credit through Ashland University by completing the following steps:

  1. Register with Ashland University here.  Credit registration and fees are the responsibility of the course participant.
  2. Required course reading, listening, and watching (3-4 short resources per workshop).
  3. Reflection templates within course.  (8 questions for each workshop.)
  4. Questions via google form for all four course experts (google form in course modules).
  5. All live calls.  (Credit is not possible without live call attendance.)
  6. A final paper (2000 words) summarizing your plan for starting the school year is submitted by August 22, 2021. (More guidance on expected fomat inside course.)

1 credit through Ashland University costs $180, in addition to course registration fee.

See syllabus for more information.

Register now - Space is limited.

To preserve the possibilities for meaningful connection on our Zoom calls, space in the course is limited.  Register now.

** Early Registration Bonus only available through July 26th or until the course fills.


Start your year with confidence and a strong plan!

We've taken the guesswork out of your start to the year.  Let these curated resources, expert-facilitated workshops, and intentionally facilitated process set you up for strong success.  


Enroll now!


for all 4 workshops!

  • 3-5 top readings curated by each expert
  • Private Course Facebook Group
  • Opportunity to ask questions of guest experts
  • Thinking-to-action Reflection/Planning templates
  • Guidance to create your beginning-of-the-year plan
  • 4 LIVE Zoom calls
  • Access to course modules through August 22, 2021

Recalibrating Music Education Curriculum and Instruction - Fall 2021 and Beyond


Take the guesswork out of your back to school - start with confidence and a strong plan.

Thanks for your interest in the course . . .

and for reading all the way to the bottom of the page.  #dedication!

But seriously - this year and half have been BEYOND.  Just beyond. We've learned a lot about relationships, connection, community, equity, technology, differentiation, self care, burnout - and  . . . it is a lot.  We've leaned on one another to get through, and we will continue to.  Each of us stepping up and in to do our parts - and then stepping back to recharge.  What a difficult, exhausting dance. 

This course is my attempt to help us continue to move forward as individuals and as a profession - in this moment of time, with ripple effects into the future. 

If this course comes at the right time for you, I hope you’ll join us.  If you are needing something different right now, then I hope you’ll pursue that with passion and dedication. Either way, you have my full support, and I am cheering you on!

Thank you for being a part of my world and this beautiful Music Ed Forward global community!

Hope to see you inside the course,

- Nyssa