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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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 Thursday, November 15, 2018

Teaching Tools to Maximize Student Potential

11:00 – 12:30, Room 126. Lunch served at 12:00

How many times have you complained that your students say they're practicing, but they just aren't making progress? Come to this session and hear ideas about how to inspire students to get to the next level. Parent and teacher panelists will share communication tools, including shared online systems, that can help students advance. This is a one-hour presentation followed by small group discussions during lunch. 



Friday, January 25, 2019

Teaching Tools for Your Instrument

11:00 – 12:15 or 1:00 – 2:15, various classrooms. Lunch served at 12:15

Attend an instrument -specific pedagogy session at either 11:00 or 1:00 (detailed schedule coming soon). Choose from piano, voice, harp, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion. Hear from a fellow teacher about teaching tools unique to your instrument and enjoy sharing ideas with your peers. Make sure to reserve time to attend lunch as well!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Teaching Tools in Action: Teaching Demonstrations

11:00 – 12:00 Group Teaching / 1:00 – 2:00 Individual Teaching, Room 127

Lunch served at 12:00


Come and see live teaching demonstrations, a live online lesson and video clips from a variety of teaching settings that show teaching strategies, the dynamics of student – teacher interactions and the wide array of communication skills needed for effective teaching. Teachers will explain their chosen teaching points and tools for engaging students at different levels of advancement.