Workshop Presenter Bio

Culturally Responsive Teaching with Schulwerk with Michael Chandler...

**IN PERSON** on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Jacksonville Country Day School.

Much more than a current educational buzzword, Culturally Responsive Teaching (Gay, 2018; Lind & McKoy, 2016) involves looking at our practice through a self-critical lens to determine how we should meet the needs of all our students most effectively. Culture extends beyond our students’ race and ethnicity and also includes their beliefs, motivations, and even their social groups and norms. As a student-centered and creative approach, the processes of Orff Schulwerk can provide a means for teachers to introduce musical materials and creative lessons that excite, motivate, and inspire their students. Participants in this workshop will explore some of these possibilities as they SING, SAY, DANCE, and PLAY into culturally relevant pedagogy.


Michael Chandler teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Michael taught elementary music in Texas public schools for 16 years, where his student ensembles performed at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2005, 2007, and 2013. He teaches all three levels of Orff Schulwerk basic and recorder in AOSA-approved teacher education courses, and his work has appeared in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and The Orff Echo.

Workshop Location:

Jacksonville Country Day School 10063 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville, Florida 32256