Empowering All Music Students

Summer Cohort

Did you know that cohort-based courses have a completion rate of 15 times higher than self-paced courses? 

In July we’re launching the first ever cohort for the Empowering All Music Students course! This cohort combines the self-paced elements of online learning with the collaboration and support you’d receive in-person. The best of both worlds! And, to make it even better, we’re offering $10 off the course fee for anyone who enrolls before July 5th! 

The Best of Both Worlds

What do you get as part of the cohort?

  • Access to the Empowering All Music Students course materials for 6 months
  • Cohort that runs from July 5th to August 1st
  • Weekly zoom collaboration sessions with course creators, Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover (and access to recordings)
  • A course community for collaboration and networking 
  • An additional 4 hours of professional development credit

How to take part:

1. Enroll in the course Empowering All Music Students and use coupon code PassIt2gether to receive $10 off the course fee. Did you purchase the course previously? You’re still more than welcome to join the cohort!

2. Let us know you’re enrolled and sign-up here to officially join the cohort:

What’s in the Course?

2 hours of direct instruction

Free activities and downloadables

Bonus resources

8+ hours of applicable content

Empowering All Music Students

All music students deserve to take ownership of their learning, but not all music educators feel comfortable teaching in this way. 

In this course, you will discover what it means for students to be empowered and how to provide these invaluable opportunities. Instead of adding one more thing, educators will learn to build from their existing lesson plans and strengths to make the shift toward student ownership. 

Let’s move beyond engagement in the music room…it’s time to empower our students! When we shift our instruction to promote student ownership, the music making becomes more relevant and transforms learners into independent, lifelong musicians. 

Meet the Instructor: Kathryn Finch

Kathryn Finch is currently a K-5 general music teacher at Meadowbrook School in Northbrook, IL. Kathryn is a co-creator of the #BlairFinchProject, certified in all 3 levels of Orff Schulwerk, an Apple Teacher, and serves as a technology leader in her school district. She enjoys sharing her passion for empowering students in the general music classroom by presenting at the local, state, and international levels.

Kathryn is the co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in the Music RoomFull STEAM Ahead and Everyone Loves a Story. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music. When not teaching you can find Kathryn reading, taking the dogs for long walks, carting children to and from their activities, or spending time with family and friends. You can read about Kathryn’s professional journey at ponderingsfromafinch.com. Follow her on Twitter: @Singingfinch1

Meet the Instructor: Theresa Hoover

Theresa Hoover is a music educator, speaker, and writer. She is an advocate for student voice in the music room and works to empower students throughout their musical experiences and help teachers transform their classrooms to become student-centered learning environments. 

Theresa has taught instrumental, general, and vocal music in a variety of settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in wind conducting from West Chester University. In the fall, Theresa will begin working toward a PhD in Music Learning and Teaching at Arizona State University.

Theresa is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, and Noteflight Learn Ambassador, frequently working with teachers to help integrate technology into their music classes. Theresa is the author of Empowering Ensembles With Technology and the co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering All Music Students. You can find her work online at www.offthebeatenpathinmusic.com.  

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Pass The Baton provided a great perspective on creating a culture of student empowerment in music classrooms. There were many helpful resources, tips, examples, and conversations throughout the session. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in helping students take ownership of their musicianship and education.
Portland State University
Working with Theresa and Kathryn was extremely worthwhile and helped our teachers plan to move beyond engagement to empowerment of students.
Jeff Janda
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
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