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The META Fellowship, a partnership between Mass Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, is the first program of its kind to convene a statewide community of music educators and teaching artists.
In an effort to make the learning of the Fellowship more broadly available, we are pleased to announce that the META Fellowship web site is now live. The site contains resources that were created to meet shared needs in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth and a list of professional development opportunities that Fellows utilized during the pilot program. As the second cohort of Fellows complete their Fellowship, more resources and tools will be added.
From September 2016 to August 2018, Mass Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation piloted a two-year professional development program focused on music educators and teaching artists from across Massachusetts. After a rigorous evaluation process the program was fully implemented in the Fall of 2018 with 57 new Fellows.
The goal of the META Fellowship Program is to strengthen the youth music training pathway by:
To achieve these goals, the META Fellowship Program has five primary components:
Fifty-seven Fellows are currently enrolled in the second cohort of the program. This second group differs from the first in a few key ways:
According to an external evaluation of the META Fellowship Pilot, the most significant areas of impact for the Fellows as a result of participating in META were:
As a result of this feedback, the primary changes to the program for the second cohort included:
During their first year (2018-19), this cohort of Fellows participated in workshops with Eric Booth, Dr. Bettina Love, The BEST Initiative Youth Worker Training, and Liz O’Connor. In year two, the focus of the Fellows workshops will be divided between engaging with new content in research and practice, as well as having time to deepen connections to one another and develop essential resources for classrooms, communities, and other educators. Year two group sessions include:
The META Fellows Showcase will take place at the final session on April 7 at the New England Conservatory and will highlight the contributions this cohort are making to the field through their development of new tools and resources to be used in classrooms throughout Massachusetts.