February 22, 2020
IN THE GENERAL MUSIC CLASSROOM: DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD
WITH ALLISON SCHNIER
Social dynamics have changed dramatically since the dawn of public schooling, often creating confusion and frustration in the classroom for students and teachers alike. Research has shown that learning takes place only after students' physical and emotional needs are met. But how do schools help meet those needs? How can teachers help their students develop into emotionally intelligent adults?
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) has emerged as a way to address these concerns. SEL teaches students the tools they need to be caring and successful members of their community. While there are several curricula available for classroom education teachers looking to teach the five components of SEL, there is no official curriculum available for general music teachers. In this engaging workshop, Allison Schnier will show these specialists how to reinforce the five components of SEL in the context of their existing active music-making lessons
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.