Music Professional Development
Professional development is essential to the competence and overall effectiveness of all teachers. Participation in continued learning is required and considered to be part of each teacher's obligation to the teaching profession and to the students of the District. It is best when professional development and continued learning is grounded in the instructional goals and programs of the District, the school, the best practices of teachers, and the needs of students and teachers.
The Arts Education Branch is committed to providing quality professional development for its arts teachers. Professional development is designed to support best teaching practices, to encourage multidisciplinary work, and to support the collaborative work between teachers.
CMEA: The California Music Educators Association CMEA-Southwestern Section serves as an umbrella organization for numerous other music education associations within our region. A wealth of resources and workshop opportunities can be found through CMEA.
KASC: The Kodaly Association of Southern California provides workshops and certification courses to support the professional development of general music educators. The methodology can also be effectively and creatively applied in choral and instrumental classes.
Little Kids Rock: Little Kids Rock believes that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives, with the power to inspire the creativity and confidence that are critical to success in school and beyond. Little Kids Rock gives free musical instruments, training, and resources to any public school teacher who wants to run a rockin’ music program in their school.
Music Center: The Music Center provides a range of professional development programs and services, all rooted in the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards, to help teachers along a continuum towards being able to fully integrate the arts into daily classroom instruction.
Los Angeles Orff: The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association is a professional organization which aims to further the approach to music and movement education advocated by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. We believe that through active singing, speaking, playing, moving, listening, and creating, true music education is experienced.
Skirball Center: The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. Educating and inspiring young people is central to the Skirball’s mission. The school and teacher programs use the arts and cultural history to engage people with one another and the larger community and inspire them to make a difference in the world.
LA Opera: Provides a range of professional development for teachers, rooted in Common Core and California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards, focused on the opera experience and how to integrate opera into daily classroom instruction.
Blogs by teachers/staff who received an AEB Conference Scholarship
"All of the sessions were valuable, but the Exhibitors’ Hall was also very helpful. I acquired new recorder materials, as well as additional puppets to use with lessons from the sessions." - Dorothy Caimano, Elementary Vocal/General Music Teacher & Coach
"One of the highlights of the conference for me was when I attended a session presented by Donna Gallo on Saturday morning, March 25th, entitled “Taking Liberties: Creative Movement to Enhance Musicianship in Elementary Music”. Her presentation gave me excellent ideas on how I can engage students in movement and teach them about music concepts at the same time." - Juanda Marshall, Elementary Vocal/General Music Teacher
"Most helpful to me was Bonnie’s concept of 'wallpapering your life' with diagrams of the head, vocal cords, neck, and spine, to aid in becoming consciously aware of how your body and vocal mechanisms function." - Julie Navar, Elementary Vocal/General Music Teacher
"It was amazing to be among teachers from all around the country, some even from Japan, who have the common interest like myself, all in this huge place, collaborating together and having a lifetime experience. I created so many new contacts professionals from different states!" - Victoria Sevdayan, Elementary Vocal/General Music Teacher
"Singing games from all over South America were introduced. Songs from Mexico, Bolivia, Panama, Columbia, Dominican Republic, and Brazil were taught." - Matthew Lussier, Elementary Vocal/General Music Teacher