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September 20, 2022 at 7 pm ET

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This session will include best practices for inclusion using Universal Design and appropriate behavior strategies. Playing an instrument and building music literacy can be very challenging for students, especially those with disabilities. Building up hand strength through games and learning abstract music theory through hands-on activities is a wonderful way to engage all learners, while providing more opportunity for students with disabilities to succeed. This session will allow teachers to walk away with concrete, fun ways to create lessons using Universal design, build accommodations, and shape behavior appropriately so all students can progress and benefit from high-quality music education.

This webinar is for El Sistema USA Organizational or Individual Members only. Learn more about becoming a member here


Vivian Gonzalez

Ms. Gonzalez is a 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award Top-Ten Finalist, 2022 Country Music Association Foundation National Music Teacher of Excellence, and orchestra magnet director at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer (MAS). Ms. Gonzalez has presented at numerous state and national conferences including the National Association for Music Education, American String Teacher’s Association, Little Kids Rock Modern Band Summit, and Florida Music Education Association. She has served as the NAfME IN-Ovations Council Southern Representative, the FL-ASTA President, FEMEA District 1 Chair, FOA 7/8 All-State Coordinator, FMEA Advocacy Council Member, FSMA board member, FMEA Conference Planning Committee member, and as a member of the editorial committee for the International Journal of Music Education: Practice. Ms. Gonzalez was recognized as a featured teacher for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics and was named the Magnet Schools of America 2016 Region 3 Teacher of the Year. She is currently completing her dissertation on the topic of inclusion of students with disabilities in Florida music classes and ensembles. Ms. Gonzalez has been an MDCPS music educator since 1999.

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