December Newsletter
"Students who I don't always know I reach are loving this program
and I know I'm reaching them.
Music Workshop has been a lifesaver in a crazy world.
Our students need consistency and this has provided it!"  
Heather, Elementary Music Teacher, Maryland
Support Music Workshop while holiday shopping! Please sign up and share the following information with your music program's families! Follow the directions below to shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Music Workshop.
Happy Holidays!

Our updated Pop course is perfect for a pre-break lesson!

Pop Music is an exciting genre that is constantly changing and
evolving, consequently we update our Pop Course on a regular basis. It is so fun to go through the current pop artists and songs to see how things have changed in such a short time. New faces, new sounds, new hits... we checked them all out and added fresh content to our very popular course! It's a fun, crowd pleasing course - a great pre-holiday treat for your classes!

Check out the new sights and sounds today!

Advisor Spotlight: Abimbola Cole Kai-Lewis

We are pleased to introduce one of our advisors for the forthcoming courses on music from Africa

Abimbola Cole Kai-Lewis is an educator and ethnomusicologist with a passion for merging music and arts outside of traditional academic settings. She holds a B.A in Music from Spelman College, a M.S. in Teaching and Learning from Long Island University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kai-Lewis has a blended background that includes classroom instruction grounded in strategic curriculum design and program development for diverse audiences. Her leadership strengths are cultivating community partnerships that enhance learning, delivering classroom instruction, and accelerating professional development. Dr. Kai-Lewis is currently a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She is a member of the Apollo Theater School Advisory Team and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Professional Learning Community.

As an ethnomusicologist, Dr. Kai-Lewis specializes in Music Education, Hip-Hop Culture, African Popular Music, and African-American Music. Her dissertation research examined the music of South African hip-hop collective Cashless Society. Dr. Kai-Lewis is presently conducting collaborative research with emcee Chosan. They have partnered for teacher workshops in New York City. Additionally, Dr. Kai-Lewis addresses their collaborative work in edited volumes and journals as well as at academic conferences.
Thank you, Dr. Kai-Lewis, for being a part of the Music Workshop Team!
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Amazing year, Difficult year

It's been quite a year - with great success and new challenges

Like all of you, 2020 has been quite a ride for Music Workshop. We have seen great opportunity and success as well as new challenges that made us rethink how things are done. Our pivot to distance learning with the creation of the Virtual Learning Center moved our program in new and different directions and our number of participating schools skyrocketed. Music Workshop is now used by over 5200 teachers in all 50 states and 69 countries. We are so grateful to offer solutions during an incredibly difficult time for teachers and students. We have worked to respond at every turn with help and support for our teachers all over the world. One of our biggest challenges has come in the form of funding. As you know, we are able to bring you Music Workshop free of charge through the generous donations of supporters and foundations. Many of these supporters have turned their focus (and donations) to pandemic relief, natural disaster relief and other critical needs. Naturally, we understand and support these important efforts. This year has challenged us to find new and creative ways to fundraise. To help us continue to maintain and grow Music Workshop, we will be offering opportunities throughout the coming year for you, our teachers, to help raise funding for the program. One of those opportunities is highlighted above - shopping with Amazon Smile. We thank you for your consideration and participation and look forward to better days to come. May you and your students be inspired by music everyday!
We wish everyone a joyful and happ(ier) 2021!
Cheers and thanks from Music Workshop!
Music is for Everyone  

We had so much fun thanking our donors this year! Our friend, Thea of Thea's Little Creations, made us some AMAZING cookies that we used as a lovely little thank you gift. 

Aren't they gorgeous!
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