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2025 Lab Cohort Nominations


Each year, TATI accepts nominations from program administrators and current supervisors of Teaching Artists. Most nominations come from Program Directors and Executive Directors, however any current supervisor of a Teaching Artist, including lead teachers, is allowed to submit a nomination. 

There is no limit to the number of nominations made by one organization. However, please note that a maximum of 4 Teaching Artists per organization will be accepted to the Lab Cohort during any given year.


  • Organizations may be any community music or El Sistema-inspired nonprofit, with a focus on K-12 music education.
  • Organizations must be located in the United States, Canada, or US Territories. 
  • Nominators must be a current supervisor and employed at the same organization as the Teaching Artist. 
  • Nominator is confident their nominee(s) embody the TATI Core Values by demonstrating: a passion for music for social change, a personal commitment to social justice and anti-racist practices, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, curiosity and eagerness to learn and reflect, proven ability to work with peers.

organization commitment

TATI believes in providing multiple layers of support for each Cohort Member, which includes program support from TATI faculty, staff, and discussion leaders, as well as on-the-ground support from the Teaching Artist’s home program. 

As such, having a Teaching Artist accepted to the Lab Cohort program also requires a level of commitment from their home program, in the following ways:

  • Designate 1-2 program personnel who will provide ongoing “on the ground” support to your participating Teaching Artists.
  • Complete pre and post program evaluations.
  • Conduct a bi-monthly informal observation of each TA and have a debrief conversation.
  • Support TA with observing another TA in your organization for at least 1 class, bi-monthly.
  • Record each TA teaching one 10 minute lesson of their choice, support with submitting.
  • Be a current Teaching Artist with an El Sistema-Inspired or community music program;
  • Be 18 years or older and hold a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Live in the United States, Canada, or US Territories;
  • Teach primarily group music classes, and, have taught group classes for at least one school year;
  • Have access to consistent and reliable internet;
  • Willing and able to commit to all virtual Lab Lectures and Discussions from October-June.* (4 hours per month, live)
  • Commit to completing assignments in a timely manner (2-4 hours per month, asynchronous)
    Embody the TATI Core Values.

TATI’s program includes LIVE sessions over Zoom, twice per month. Attendance at all sessions is required. Excessive absences may result in removal from the Cohort.

    Held the 1st week of each month
    Choice of:
    TRACK A: Mondays; 11:00am – 1:00pm EST
    TRACK B: Tuesdays; 8:00 – 10:00pm EST


    Held the 3rd week of each month
    Choice of:
    Mondays or Wednesdays; 11:00am – 1:00pm EST
    Mondays or Tuesdays; 8:00 – 10:00pm EST

*Accepted members can choose any discussion group schedule, regardless of their Track. (Ex. a Track A member can join a discussion group on Tuesday evenings)

Once a Track and schedule is confirmed, swapping between groups is not allowed.

Before nominating a Teaching Artist, please make sure you have communicated with them about the opportunity, schedule, and commitment.