Nothing is going to happen if kids are not feeling like they’re a valued member of their classroom community. And if they don’t feel like you care about them.

Ally Schnier

Today on the podcast, I’m talking with my friend Ally all about Social Emotional Learning in the music classroom. This is one of those hot topic issues in education and music education right now, and for good reason! In the midst of teaching in a pandemic, and especially teaching music in a pandemic, incorporating social emotional learning strategies into our lessons in meaningful ways is one of the best things we can do for our kids. Lucky for us, today Ally breaks it down in a way that is a 100% natural extension of what we’re already doing in the music classroom.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll hear on today’s podcast:

(1) Ally’s background in music pedagogy and social-emotional learning (this girl knows her stuff!)

(2) The five competencies that make up social-emotional learning and how to implement them into your teaching, right now.

(3) Where to start if you’re looking to start incorporating SEL strategies in your own teaching.

Allison Schnier is an elementary general music specialist in the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, WI. She has a BA in Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA and a Masters of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. She is certified in the Kodály approach, as well as Dr. John M. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2, and Conversational Solfege- Upper Levels curricula. She is also currently working on her Social-Emotional Learning Certification from Rutgers University. Allison currently serves as President-Elect of the Association of Wisconsin-Area Kodály Educators (AWAKE), a state chapter of OAKE, and as the Vice President of the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions (GMOD), a local chapter of AOSA. She has presented workshops on Social-Emotional Learning in the general music classroom, and has served as a guest clinician working with high school choirs on South African and Namibian choral music. Allison is an active member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and has sung Soprano 1 with them for the past 5 seasons.

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