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Teaching Artist Forum 4/19/24

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Redefining Measures for Success in Music

Explore the intricate questions surrounding success in music education: Who defines it for students, and how does it manifest in El Sistema-inspired spaces compared to traditional classrooms? Delve into the distinctions between formal and informal assessments, discovering how both contribute to student progress. Uncover the complexities of measuring success beyond technical proficiency, considering the evaluation of vital social and emotional skills. Engage in conversations with peers about whether students should advance based on a holistic evaluation of their musical and socio-emotional abilities, challenging traditional promotion norms. This session invites you to reshape your perspective on success metrics, fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates each student’s unique journey in both musical and personal development.

Facilitated by Teaching Artists Training Institute

The newly formed Teaching Artist Forum aims to provide a space for Teaching Artists working with El Sistema-inspired programs to collaborate, network, and workshop teaching ideas and strategies. Through six discussion-based forums facilitated in partnership with the Teaching Artists Training Institute (TATI), participants will explore best practices in music education by looking at case studies from peer Teaching Artists, address common classroom success and challenges, and idea swap tools for implementing new teaching techniques.

Teaching Artist Training at the New World Center Miami Beach

Facilitated by Anna Barson

Managing Director, TATI

Anna Barson is based in Durham, NC and is a passionate educator, musician, and arts advocate. As the Managing Director of the Teaching Artists Training Institute (TATI), Anna is excited to develop a sustainable community of belonging that provides applicable and tangible tools and resources for music educators across the US. Anna looks forward to deepening her impact as a nonprofit leader through community-building, training teaching artists to develop culturally responsive classrooms, and engaging nonprofit leaders and educators in conversations around access, equity, inclusion, and social justice in the music classroom.

Prior to working with TATI, Anna taught orchestra at the elementary and middle school levels before transitioning to administrative positions at Kidznotes, an El Sistema-inspired music education nonprofit, and SKJAJA Fund, a community-based scholarship program. Anna holds a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Leadership from Colorado State University.

Outside of work, Anna can be found performing with local orchestras, testing out new recipes in the kitchen, or camping in the mountains with her dog, Milo.

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