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NKCGH Music Educators Conference

July 28 – 30, 2021

Virtual

Hosted by NKCGH and attended by music educators from across the U.S. and beyond, this three-day conference is now in its second year and under the direction of Dr. Edrick Rhodes of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme: Accessibility and Equity in Music Education. The Music Educators Conference is generously supported by The Selz Foundation.

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July 28 to July 30th
2nd Annual
Nat King Cole Generation Hope
Music Educators Conference
Equity and Access in Music Education …from the classroom to the podium.
Nat King Cole Generation Hope supports equitable access to music education for all students and educators regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation and identity, socioeconomic status, academic standing, or exceptionalities; and that all can participate in the making of music within our schools.
We have excellent presenters and topics for each session!
Please read below for a complete schedule.
JULY 28
Welcome – Edrick Rhodes, Director of Curriculum and Administration, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Welcome – Casey and Timolin Cole, Co-Founders, Nat King Cole Generation Hope
1pm-2pm – Dr. Benny L. Bolden Jr., Principal, Leon County Schools – R. Frank Nims Middle School
TOPIC: Performing Arts Matters: The Pursuit of Acceptance in Today’s Education Framework
2pm-3pm – Dr. Gregory Drane, Director of Athletic Bands, Pennsylvania State University – College of Arts and Architecture
TOPIC: Accessing College Through Music
3pm-4pm – Chiho Okuizumi Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, Save the Music Foundation
TOPIC: The Power of “And”: School Centered Music Education Ecosystem
JULY 29
Welcome – Edrick Rhodes, Director of Curriculum and Administration, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Mindfulness Minute – Britany Swindoll, Director of Bands Petal School District, MS – Petal High School
1pm-2pm – Julie Patterson Duty, Founder and Executive Director, United Sound
TOPIC: Creating a Culture of Inclusion that Works for You AND Your Students
2pm-3pm – Dr. Tiffany Cox, Director of Bands, Palm Beach County School District, FL – Lake Worth Community High School
TOPIC: Career Trends for Women in Instrumental Music
3pm-4pm – Essilevi Nadal, Orchestra Director, Palm Beach County School District, FL – The Conservatory School
TOPIC: Modulation: How Can We Develop Universal Orchestra Programs in Our Communities?
JULY 30
Welcome – Edrick Rhodes, Director of Curriculum and Administration, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Mindfulness Minute – Britany Swindoll, Director of Bands Petal School District, MS – Petal High School
1pm-2pm – Jeanette McCune, Director of School Community Programs The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
TOPIC: Access and Equity from National Lens
2pm-3pm – Rachel Glodo, Program Specialist, Yale School of Music
TOPIC: Essential to Equity – Music Learning Ecosystems
3pm-4pm – Nestor Torres, Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Flautist
Closing – Shanna St John, Executive Director, Nat King Cole Generation Hope
Please contact us with any questions!
We look forward to having you join us!
Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. provides access to music education for children with the greatest need by cultivating opportunities and funding programs for instruction, mentoring and resources.
Founded in 2008, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. strives to uphold and build on the Cole family legacy; we envision music education as an entitlement, not a privilege, for all children.

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