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: (a) what is SEL; (b) socialization in the music classroom; (c) self-awareness in the music classroom; (d) relationships in the music classroom; and (e) 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)


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 master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music degree in music education degree from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College in Adrian, MI, and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to working in higher education, he was the band director at Carroll High School in Dayton, OH, and taught instrumental music in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert 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. 

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