The Department of Music welcomes music educator Franklin Willis for an interactive webinar “Make the Mirror Your Best Friend: Embracing your Unique Teacher Voice”.

The Adelphi University Music Education Webinar Series offers music educators exciting opportunities to engage with renowned experts in the field while exploring current topics in music education. All sessions will consist of informative presentations and moderated Q&A sessions.

How do I relate to my students in an authentic way? What is my teaching style? How do my past music education experienc- es shape my teaching and instruction? These are questions I often asked myself as I self-reflect on my teaching philosophy and pedagogy. With the ever-changing climate of music education and education in general, teachers need to understand that we are always learners first. Finding your teacher voice starts with taking a look in the mirror to self-reflect. In this session, teachers will begin the journey of embracing their unique teacher voice.

For more than a decade, educator, and leader, Franklin Willis has served the students and families of the Metro Nashville Public Schools community. Through music, Willis has educated, mentored, and developed young minds to be forward thinking contributors to society. A servant leader specializing in authentic cultur- ally relevant teaching, empowering student contributions, and developing teachers to reach their full capacity, Willis finds true joy when at the service of others.
Willis has created and facilitated professional development sessions for music teachers of all grade levels sharing his unique and relevant teaching practices. He consistently collaborates with colleagues, colleges, and universities to advocate for the importance of music education in our schools as well as developing curriculum that will lead to higher engagement from students. Through his work Willis has received national recognition for his commitment to student learning, his passion for the profession and his innovative teaching practices. He is a three-time recipient of the CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence Award. (’16, ’18, ’19).
Willis is a children’s book author and graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music in 2009. In 2012, he earned the Master of Education Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. Most recently Willis completed the Education Specialist Degree with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University.

Register for the entire series of workshops by clicking here.

Additional Webinars in this series:
Eric Whitacre – Saturday, March 20 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Dr. Latasha Thomas-Durrell – Saturday, April 10 – 11:00 a.m. EST
Dr. Nasim Niknafs – Saturday, April 17 – 11:00 a.m. EST
Dr. Lazslo Norbert Nemes – Saturday, April 24 – 11:00 a.m. EST

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