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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.

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Friday, February 15, 9:30 - 11:00, Room 126

Autism in the Music Classroom - A primer on Autism Spectrum Disorder and how we support our autistic students in the music classroom. 

Presented by Will Houchin, Instructor at Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Will is a dynamic musician, educator, and consultant specializing in music education for students with special needs He currently resides and teaches in Massachusetts where he works as an elementary general music teacher and music instructor to students on the Autism spectrum and with other special needs

****Will is also presenting at the MMEA conference on Friday, February 15 from 2:30- 3:30pm and is in Room M100D at the MPLS Convention Center and has enthusiastically agreed to come and present the same session here at MacPhail. Register for MMEA Clinic at bit.ly/mmeareg



Wednesday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30, Room 126

Transformational Leadership, Transformational Teachership: Understanding the Pedagogy of Leadership


Presented by Jon Iverson

Student Performance Coordinator

The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program Center Representative

Keyboard Department Faculty Member


There’s an adage in the teaching profession: we teach the way we’ve been taught. A similar saying could be said of leadership: we lead the way we’ve been led. Leadership, in general, is a skill set requiring vision, goals, commitment and dedication – all skills necessary for effective teaching. This presentation by Jon Iverson, a doctoral candidate in educational leadership, offers teachers an opportunity to reflect on transformational leadership, effective teaching, and what that means in the music studio and classroom.



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.