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META Fellowship

Fellow-Created Resources for the Field

The culminating event of the META Fellowship is a showcase of new tools and resources that groups of Fellows design in response to specific needs in their classrooms and communities. By connecting the assets of the Fellowship to needs in the field, the program is seeking to have a broader impact on other educators who may share problems of practice, but do so in isolation.

Resources developed by META Fellows include:

Resources for Diverse Music Learners

By: Miles Wilcox, Maria Doreste Velazquez, Janet Underhill, Sarah Eastman
A website with resources for teaching diverse music learners.

Socially and Culturally Responsive Teaching Through Music

By: Emmanuel Toledo, Rebecca Cherry, Stephanie Munoz, Marcia Lier, Sasi Marcelino
A chronology of researching social and cultural responsiveness through music.

Creative Music-Making

By: Joshua Garver, Alexandria Ramos, Rachel Panitch, Hannah O’Connor, Elissa Johnson-Green, Karl Knapp, Maria del Pilar Zorro-Leyva, Sean Ellingers, Stephen Curtis
Lesson plans for all ages, focused on Creativity in Music Learning.

Mindfulness through Music Making

By: Jeff Fennell, Monet Ledbetter, Daniel Dona, Celia Zhang, Edward Meradith
A website that can be used by educators as a resource for teaching mindfulness and emotional awareness practices, particularly through music and the creative arts.

SEL and Music Education

By Bithyah Israel and Rhéa Gibson
Social Emotional Learning: Why it is important for music educators and how City Strings United (Roxbury, MA) is making an effort to place SEL at the forefront of their work with youth.

Making Our Own Music: Games to Get Started

By Ann Miklich, Rohan Gregory, and Kenneth Mok

Our project is to provide teachers with some musical games that can help encourage this natural creativity. We are researching approaches used by Alice Kayne Kanack and others in order to give our students a fun way to feel more ease with the idea of “making something up!”

Supporting the Teaching Artist

By Susan Larson and Liz Stefan
In looking at the support teaching artists value and receive, we decided to examine perspectives from all three stakeholders in an arts partnership – teaching artists, arts organizations and site partners – using surveys for each group to gather a complete picture of the support of the teaching artist.


By Brad Barrett and Kat Jara

Students at Conservatory Lab Charter School studied fluxus as a movement and an artform and composed their own artistic presentations in the same style. See performances of those compositions.

Mentoring and Youth Development

By Alicia Stevenson, Courtney Clark, and Vicki Citron

Using youth development practices, the Kids4Harmony program and Musica Franklin created a mentoring program for students of all ages. The program outlines how students can participate at various levels (i.e. giving private lessons to peers, being a teacher’s assistant, leading orchestra sectionals, etc.) enhance their creativity and confidence,  give ownership over the program and encourage them to become positive role models, better musicians and leaders in their communities. As students add on new levels of mentoring, they will add more teaching skills to their toolbox and gain more social skills.

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