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Social Emotional Learning in Music

Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting for Student Identity, Belonging and Agency

June 13-30, 2022

  • Week 1, June 13–17: Online in Zoom Monday through Friday, 4:30–7:00
  • Week 2, June 20–24: In person at the University of South Carolina – 9:00AM – 7:00PM
  • Week 3, June 27–30: Online in Zoom: 4:30–7:00


The artistic processes of creating, performing, responding, and connecting provide musicians a unique experience in social and emotional regulation. Through intentional, sustainable, and embedded actions, music educators are well-situated to teach skills and dispositions through music performance that will lead to students becoming more socially and emotionally competent through the pursuit of musical excellence. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a framework intended to help students gain skills to negotiate and process social and emotional demands. Through this course, music educators will be introduced to the construct of SEL and learn techniques to embed SEL instruction into all levels and areas of music education and rehearsal. The course will also prepare music teachers to engage more students through culturally relevant and sustaining creative processes relevant to their teaching spaces. The experience of the class will also prepare students to articulate unique benefits of music study to important stakeholders such as school administrators, music industry professionals, and policy makers. 


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