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NKCGH Music Educators National Conference

July 16 – 18, 2024
Theme: Music Education, Now More Than Ever!

Virtual (Zoom)

K-12 Music teachers and program directors from the U.S. and beyond are invited to join us for the 5th annual Music Educators National Conference. This three-day forum of thought-provoking, timely topics and discussion is curated for instructors, mentors and administrators – our devoted community who believe in the essential role of music enrichment for all students.

Conference Registration is FREE. or 561.213.8209

Edrick Rhodes

Edrick Rhodes, Conference Facilitator
Director of Curriculum and Administration
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Timolin Cole-Augustus & Casey Cole-Ray, NKCGH Co-Founders

Timolin Cole-Augustus
and Casey Cole-Ray
NKCGH Co-Founders

Music Ed Videos

2023 Conference Highlights

Daily Welcome – Edrick Rhodes, Director of Curriculum and Administration – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

First day – 3 sessions

Second day – 3 sessions

Third day – 3 sessions

  • Programming perspectives from a retired Orchestra Director and current Composer – Karel Butz, Retired Orchestra Director, Violinist, and Composer. Houston, TX.
  • ABC’s for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year Band Directors – Chandler L. Wilson, Ph.D., Florida State University Assistant Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Professor of Music Education.
  • Jazz is Accessible – Harvey Lockhart, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, HEAL Center for the Arts.
Susan Magsamen

Susan Magsamen, Author of  Your Brain on Art – How the Arts Transform Us

Susan Magsamen, Keynote Speaker – 2023 NKCGH Music Educators Conference
Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us

Susan Magsamen is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab), Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics, a pioneering initiative from the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts — and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify human potential. Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. In addition to her role at IAM Lab, she is an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and serves as co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint initiative in partnership with the Aspen Institute.

Susan’s newest book with Random House is Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us, written with Ivy Ross, Vice President of Design for Hardware at Google. It is a journey through the science of neuroaesthetics that offers proof of how our brains and bodies are transformed when we participate in the arts and aesthetic experiences, and how this knowledge can improve our physical and mental health, help us learn and flourish, and build stronger communities.

Aaron Bryan
Director of Arts Education Office
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Karel Butz

Karel Butz
Retired Orchestra Director, Violinist, and Composer

Ramon Cardenas

Ramon Cardenas
Doctoral Student
Florida State University

Ryan Gardner

Ryan Gardner
Frank C. Martin International K-8 Academy and Curriculum Support Specialist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of Visual and Performing Arts

Renee Gilliland, Ph.D

Renee Gilliland, Ph.D.
Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor and Instructor of Music Education
University of Colorado Boulder

Harvey Lockhart

Harvey Lockhart
Founder, Executive and Artistic Director
HEAL Center for the Arts

Krystal Williams

Krystal Williams
Music Education Professor and Internship Supervisor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Chandler L. Wilson, Ph.D

Chandler L. Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Professor of Music Education
Florida State University

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