CONGRATULATIONS to OMEA member Brandon Gordon, Bryan High School Orchestra Director, who has been selected as one of the sixteen pilot teachers to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s professional development program, titled Experiential Ensembles.
Over fifty music educators were nominated by state music education associations and only sixteen were selected. The sixteen educators represent a wide array of classrooms, ranging from elementary to high school, rural to urban settings, and Title I funded schools. The project will deliver pedagogical content to band, choir and orchestra music educators using accessible, web-based technology through online meetings and attendance at NAfME’s national conference.
Experiential Ensembles will occur in stages, the first being live, online webinars where the artist directors detail their methodologies. The pilot teachers and clinicians will then meet in Dallas during the NAfME National Conference, to explore these strategies with student ensembles – band, orchestra, and choir – each serving as a “lab” ensemble. Participants and clinicians will then reconvene online, where pilot teachers will share footage of incorporating these strategies with their own ensembles, receiving coaching from their peers and the artist directors.
The online and in-person sessions will be archived and made available to all NAfME members. Pilot teachers and artist directors will also work together to evaluate the effectiveness of the program so that NAfME can expand this mode of delivery into future professional development for the profession.
Experiential Ensembles is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.