Adolescents encounter a great deal of social and emotional challenges affecting their lives personally, academically, and for musicians, musically. Music educators encounter students every day who are struggling with challenges that inhibit their ability to function, focus and perform in music classes; however, music educators are rarely prepared to offer support. While not being mental health professionals, music educators are often approached by these students seeking help. The music classroom is filled with opportunities to help students be better musicians while also becoming more socially and emotionally mature. Through this course, music educators will be introduced to the construct of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework and learn techniques to integrate SEL instruction into all levels and areas of music education. The focus will be on the reality of the challenges students face, reflection on adapting a music classroom to be a socially and emotionally rich environment, musical/personal/interpersonal benefits of SEL instruction, and age-appropriate materials. Observing SEL instruction in schools will be a part of this course.
Instructor: Scott Edgar
Dr. Scott N. Edgar is in his fifth year as Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at the University of Michigan, Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education he was the band director at Carroll High School in Dayton, Ohio for seven years and has taught instrumental music in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Midwest for both concert band and marching band, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences on music education topics, social emotional learning, and music teacher assessment. Dr. Edgar is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the College Music Society, the International Trumpet Guild, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity. He lives in Lake Forest with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, their golden retriever, Ella, and their three cats, Stanzi, Elsa, and Wolfie.