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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.

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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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Professional Development Events


Key Faculty Presentation | From Macro to Micro: Planning Your Year of Lessons

Presented by Tamara Gonzalez
Friday, January 12, 2018 | 10:00–11:00 | Room 127
Snacks & Coffee Provided. No RSVP required.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 126
Complimentary Lunch. Click here to reserve your lunch by January 18.

As a group, ensemble, and individual lesson teacher, Tami will share the principles she uses in goal setting and how that informs semester-long, month-long, and day-to-day lesson planning. Starting from the macro level of the vision of an “accomplished learner” who takes joy from their music making, the components are broken down of what a given student, group, or ensemble needs in the next year to make meaningful progress towards achieving your vision. Larger goals are broken into smaller more tangible goals that can be adjusted as the larger milestones are exceeded, met, or not achieved.

Samples of goals and lesson plans from the macro to the micro level will be shared. Tami will also speak about how students can/should be involved in goal setting; talking through how to develop each plan, and what happens when students or groups fail to meet the goals you have set. Did the instructor set an unrealistic goal, did the instructor fail in preparing the student for that goal, or are there bigger issues at play with the given student/group/ensemble?

This process of goal setting and frequent self-examination based on the actual results achieved has been at the root of Tami’s teaching approach for several years. She hopes that some of her experience will assist other instructors who struggle in this area. The presentation will speak to the importance and value of setting realistic but vision driven goals for ourselves and our students. 


Idea Exchange | Creating Educational Videos
Presented by Andy Meyers
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 126

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Idea Exchange | Favorite iPad Apps to Enhance Teaching
Presented by Tech Mentors, Jeremy Hanson & Heather VanderLey
Friday, February 16, 2018 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 310

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Teacher Rejuvenation Day
Friday, March 2, 2018

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Idea Exchange | Overview of Online Notebooks; Evernote, Google Drive, Notability & OneNote
Presented by Tech Mentors
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 12:00–1:00 | Room 126

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Key Faculty Presentation | Individual & Group Teaching Demonstrations with Discussion
Presented by TBC
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 10:00–11:00 | Room 127
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 127

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Idea Exchange | Creating Schedules with Doodle, Acuity and Google Forms
Presented by Tech Mentors & Guests
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 106

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