Music Educators as Influencers: Policies, Trends & Issues in the 21st Century Music Classroom

Music educators are experts in more than just music education. This course addresses how advocacy work can become more focused on influencing many layers of administration in education. Students will learn to assess policy, connect with trends in research and practice, and discover how music education links to emerging issues. The course will accommodate educators in any state (or country!) and at any point in one's career. Topics include education policy analysis, equity in education, music/arts education policy writing, coding movement and music education, U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and music education, and careers made better through music education.


By the end of this course, students will be able to: - Engage in education policy analysis

  • Refine practice supporting equity in education

  • Engage in music/arts education policy writing

  • Recognize a role for music education in various educational trends

  • Identify career education strategies

  • Advocate for music education at a policy level

Instructor: Mark Reid

Mark Reid
Mark Reid (MMEd ’14) is the arts education coordinator at the British Columbia Ministry of Education. He is the former Director of Bands and Choirs at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, the 2013 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the 2015 Global Teacher Prize. Reid holds degrees from VanderCook and the University of Victoria. A career volunteer, he is past president of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, Secretary of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, a member of Phi Beta Mu, and on the Program Advisory Council for Music at Vancouver Community College. Reid is also a charter member of the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors, and has lectured at the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Brandon University. His arrangements for concert band and string orchestra are published by Tempo Press and Grand Mesa Music. In 2016, Reid was guest conductor for Vancouver’s Cor Flammae ensemble. Recent engagements in professional development include presenting at the Disney Performing Arts Educators Summit, organizing the Pre-Summit Day for Teaching Professionals in conjunction with the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Berlin, and an invitation to the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

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