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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.

One-On-One Help
The MacPhail Tech Mentors are available to provide one-on-one assistance to their MacPhail colleagues as they work to integrate new tools into their work. Click here for details.

Professional Development Events

Key Faculty Presentation | The Benefits of Teaching Scale Degree Numbers
Presented by Craig Anderson
Friday, January 6, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126 — Complimentary lunch. Click here to RSVP by January 2
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 125 — Snacks & coffee provided. No RSVP.
Monday, January 23, 2017 | 7:30–8:30 pm | Chanhassen — Snacks, coffee and free parking! No RSVP.

In this presentation, Craig Anderson will share specific ways to apply scale degree numbers to teaching note reading, a theory-based comprehension of music, knowledge of an instrument, improvisation, and ear training.  The presentation will also demonstrate how each area feeds the others.  The material is for use with intermediate-level students, 14 years and older, learning most instruments; the improvisation concepts and song examples are not style-specific.


Idea Exchange | Successful Online Teaching
Tips for getting started, along with best techniques from a panel of experienced MacPhail teachers.
Facilitated by Sarah Drebelbis & Timothy De Prey
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 125

Relevant for both new and experienced online teachers, this session will provide tools for maximizing the online lesson experience for students and teachers. Learn the nuts and bolts of how to get started, especially if you’re interested in occasional online lessons (winter weather can make this a reality!) Hear from some veteran online teachers about their favorite strategies and online teaching successes. Includes hands-on learning opportunities and sample SKYPE lessons.


Idea Exchange | Fostering the Musician's Spirit: Reflections on What it Means to be Musical
Presented by Jon Iverson
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 126

Description coming soon...


Teacher Rejuvenation Day
Friday, March 3, 2017 | Antonello Hall & US Bank Lobby
Complimentary lunch


Idea Exchange | Tips for Teaching Students with Mental Health Diagnoses
Presented by Jane Laine & MacPhail Music Therapists
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126

Description coming soon...


Idea Exchange | Using Technology to Support Your Teaching
Presented by MacPhail Tech Mentors
Wednesday, April 16, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 310

Details to be announced...


Key Faculty Presentation | How to Teach Varied Learning Styles
Presented by Dianna Babcock & MacPhail SPL Faculty
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126 — Complimentary lunch. Click here to RSVP by May 1
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 125 — Snacks & coffee provided. No RSVP.

Description coming soon...