Social & Emotional Learning
in Music Education

February 8–May 9, 2021

Dr. Scott Edgar wrote Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music (2017) to better prepare music educators to engage their students musically, socially and emotionally. In this course, Dr. Edgar reflects on individual classroom contexts, learning about SEL, and examines techniques to enrich the music classroom. Modules include:

  • What is SEL?

  • Socialization in the Music Classroom

  • Self-Awareness in the Music Classroom

  • Relationships in the Music Classroom

  • Responsible Decision-Making


  • A broad understanding of SEL as a construct
  • An understanding of how music classrooms facilitate a social web of relationships
  • The ability to draw connections between music curricula and SEL curricula
  • The ability to make inferences for individual classrooms at all levels and areas (K-12 general, band, choir, orchestra)

Instructor: Dr. Scott N. Edgar

Edgar,_Scott_headshot_2020 Dr. Scott N. Edgar is associate professor of music, music education chair, and director of bands at Lake Forest College. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on musical social emotional learning. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a Conn-Selmer educational clinician and a VH1 Save the Music Foundation educational consultant.

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