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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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Professional Development Events


Key Faculty Presentation | So, Your Student Has a Spinner? How to Focus the Fidgeting for Optimal Success & Learning
Presented by Melissa Wenszell
Friday, November 10, 2017 | 10:00–11:00 | Room 127 (No RSVP, Coffee & Snacks Provided)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 125 (Complimentary lunch! Reserve your lunch here by November 10)

Fidgets are now all the rage – but can cause extra distractions. Learn why fidgeting and meeting our own sensory needs is important for learning and engagement and how to turn some of those distracting “toys” into powerful processing tools! This session will provide basic understanding of learning mechanisms and sensory needs for optimal engagement, including demonstrations of sensory accommodations that are helpful in a classroom, studio or therapeutic environment.  Learn about how to use popular “fidgets” as a tool to further reach musical and non-musical goals.


Idea Exchange | Telling a Story with Music
Presented by Sarah Miller
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 1:00–2:00 | Room 127

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Idea Exchange | Best Adjudication Practices
Presented by Jon Iverson
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 11:30–12:30 | Room 108

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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
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 12:30–1:30 | Room 127

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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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