On Wednesday, January 24, 2017, Anaheim Elementary music teachers enjoyed an afternoon of professional development provided by our partners at Conn-Selmer. They were taken through several exercises in teaching both elementary vocal music and beginning band. They had a blast when they all picked up an instrument they were less familiar with and were band students themselves!

After each of our professional development clinics/workshops, we administer surveys to gauge how useful the experience was for the music teachers. Phil Villalobos of James Guinn Elementary responded: “Great workshop! It was great to hear from someone who has lots of experience with schools/communities like ours.”

Others particularly enjoyed the presentation given by lead clinician, Tom Bracy, who shared techniques to keep students motivated and engaged. “I loved Tom’s motivation and sheer excitement,” said Matthew Caffrey of Benito Juarez Elementary, “It is viral and inspirational. I can use the positive example for my own classroom settings to motivate students.”