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July Newsletter
"I am very grateful to now have used your products for the past four years.  I am especially grateful to use them during this on-line learning reality within my website. Thank you again for all you do!" – Katherine, Music Teacher, North Clackamas School District

Blended Learning with Music Workshop

Before the pandemic upended our world, Music Workshop was design and intended for use in the classroom. In response to COVID-19, we swiftly modified, simplified and streamlined our platform to accommodate distance learning. Now, we're combining the best of both worlds with the online platform and virtual learning center. At the end of July, we will be launching a newly upgraded platform with equal access to Music Workshop resources for both classroom and distance learning. The 2020-21 school year is guaranteed to be "interesting" - to be putting it lightly. Teachers, students and parents are dealing with the stress of unknown school structures and changing educational situations. Music Workshop is here to provide relevant, inspiration resources for use with classroom, remote or blended learning. 
 
Music Education Standards
We are currently working with Education Northwest, a educational consulting firm, to identify alignment with national educational standards both in music and for additional subjects. When we launch our enhanced platform at the end of July, it will include crosswalks of each course and the program as a whole to provide guidance on Music Workshop's connection to education standards. 
Advocacy for Music Education
At Music Workshop, we're inspired by the power of music to enrich every student's life. As passionate believers that music is a tool to better oneself academically, behaviorally, socially and artistically. Music Workshop continues to advocate for music education, especially in view of upcoming budget cuts and CDC recommendations. Watch for coming resources to share with administrators. 
Latin American Music
Our next course, Latin American Music is just about to launch at the end of July!
In this two-course lesson, the students are exposed to the vibrant and varied musical styles of countries throughout Latin America. Learning about Latin American music’s unique genres and instruments, students dive into the history and influences that created each country's diverse styles of music. So exciting!

Music Workshop Resources


How do the Classroom materials differ from the Distance Learning materials?
If you joined Music Workshop in the last few months you may not know that Music Workshop's program was developed and intended for the classroom. In response to the pandemic, we quickly adjusted our resources to ease use with distance learning. Now that we are moving into blended learning, we wanted to highlight the differences between the two versions for you to be able to choose to best suit your needs. 

Classroom Version -
  • High resolution video
  • Instructions on how to use in your classroom
  • Q&A document for teacher-led discussion
  • Written materials and handouts for your students
  • Fill-in sheets for students to follow along
Distance Learning Version -
  • Low resolution video - easy to upload to your learning management system
  • Instructions for students and parents on how to use at home
  • Video instructions on how to upload video into your learning management systems
  • Google forms of Q&A quiz
  • Take home materials in PDF file
Music is for Everyone!  
Noteworthy...

WHAT A YEAR! 
Last September feels like a hundred years ago. Last fall, we launched our new and improved platform (not knowing that we would have to completely revamp it again in March). Then we launched a new Culture series and our first course was Native American Traditional Music. In December, we were thrilled to become an affiliate of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a nonprofit collective dedicated to building universal music education participation in K-8 schools. Midyear, Music Workshop pivoted quickly with new distance learning versions of our resources in response to COVID-19. We were so happy to be part of the solution during such a challenging time. During this time, over 1,000 new schools welcomed Music Workshop into their virtual classrooms. Our growth has been amazing! We now have more than 3,300 schools in 57 countries and all 50 states using Music Workshop's resources to educate, motivate and inspire the creative minds of tomorrow to lead a more musical life. At this point, we don't want to even guess at what the next school year will hold but we know we will be here for you. Please reach out if we can help in any way - amyh@musicworkshopedu.org. Thank you teachers for all you do!
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