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Northeast Regional Practicum: March 1-2, 2024


The Northeast Regional Practicum is designed to convene Teaching Artists from El Sistema-inspired and community music programs across the Northeast, including Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Over two full days in-person, participants gain new skills and tools that directly support the continued growth of their teaching practice as they hear from expert clinicians, reflect together through collaborative conversations, observe teaching artistry in real-time, and build a network of peer Teaching Artists. 

We look forward to meeting you March 1-2, 2024 at the Northeast Regional Practicum in Buffalo, NY, hosted by Buffalo String Works.

About the Host organization

Buffalo String Works’ mission is to ignite personal and community leadership through accessible, youth-centered music education. They aim to cultivate a positive space that supports our students’ development into curious, confident, committed individuals who make a difference in their new home: exemplary musicians who are also exemplary citizens. Through their intensive and thoughtful programming both in the classroom and on stage, Buffalo String Works seeks to transform their audiences, neighborhoods, and the Western New York community, offering a sense of belonging to new Americans and those who have long called Buffalo home.  

featured clinician




Jackie truly believes in the power of music education and the importance of creating safe environments for youth to learn in. She has spent the last 10 years teaching in the public school systems as well as in various non-profits. Jackie holds a a dual degree in Music Education and French Horn Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through Bard College. Post graduation, Jackie worked as a teaching artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Neighborhood Project, where she implemented music curriculum into general education classes at the kindergarten through second grade levels. She also was a brass specialist with YOLA at Heart of Los Angeles and Exposition Park and taught elementary general and instrumental music for Pasadena Unified School District. Currently, Jackie serves as the Children’s Orchestra Conductor for YOLA at Heart of Los Angeles. She is also the cofounder, associate director, and brass teacher for Global Arts Corporation, a non-profit based in the Pico Union Neighborhood of Los Angeles. Global Arts mission is to contribute to educational equity by providing exceptional music classes for underserved youth and continual professional development for educators.

practicum WORKSHOPS

CORE FOCUS: classroom management and student engagement

Effective classroom management strategies are often based on the notion of Culturally Responsive Care: Holding students to high expectations (their best) and caring about students as individuals (person and performance). This workshop will explore the balance between high expectations and high care for students, and the role of meticulous planning in supporting all students to engage in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will learn about practical elements such as:

  • Fostering a safe and activated learning environment and classroom culture
  • Understand the importance of healthy relationships as the basis of effective management
  • Intentional classroom setup and procedure development
  • Teaching, practicing, and maintaining classroom procedures
  • Teaching strategies that incorporate less “teacher-talk” and greater student action
  • Able to effectively incorporate non-verbal classroom management strategies (body language, use of space, eye contact, use of attention and responses)

additional lens: differntiated and scaffolded instruction

Participants will learn how to incorporate various students’ individual learning styles and needs into their class plans, and explore how to create multiple access points for students to engage with class content and repertoire. Learning how to think through how to ensure every student is engaged and can accomplish levels of success in each class may be a key component of this lens. 

sample schedule

Day 1

9:00 – 10:00              Breakfast and Opening Session

10:00 – 12:00            Workshop #1

12:00 – 1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 3:00                 Workshop #2

3:00 – 5:00                 Buffalo String Works Site Visit and Peer Observations

6:30 – 8:30                 Regional Networking Social

Day 2

9:00 – 10:00              Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00            Observation Feedback

12:00 – 1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 5:00                 Workshops # 3 and 4

5:00 – 6:00                 Closing Reflections

Attending the northeast Regional Practicum

march 1-2, 2024

The TATI Regional Practicums are designed to be intimate, personalized conferences between a committed group of Teaching Artists. By registering for the Southeast Regional Practicum and securing one of these limited spots, you are committing to attend both days in their entirety.

Registration Type

EArly Bird: Now - JAN 12

General: JAN 13 - FEB 9

General Admission



Lab Cohort alumni



TATI Regional Practicum Policies

TATI Regional Practicum Attendance Policy
The TATI Regional Practicums are designed to be small, personalized events with limited seats. As such, by registering for a Regional Practicum, Teaching Artists commit to attend both days in full, typically from 9:00am to 6:00pm. This includes finding necessary substitutes, arranging childcare, rescheduling meetings, etc.

TATI Regional Practicum Cancellation Policy
Should you need to cancel, you will need to send a written request by the refund deadline of January 26, 2024. You will receive a refund of the registration fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, for each cancelled registration. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after January 26, 2024. All cancellation requests must be submitted via email to

travel and lodging

510 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA
Tel: +1 (716) 886-8333

Free Breakfast
Free Parking

Travel Tips

The Northeast Regional Practicum will primarily be based in West Buffalo. Participants are recommended to have a car or plan to use ride-share services for transportation between sites. Carpooling will be encouraged once at the event.

The 2022 Midwest Regional Practicum "was the perfect balance between breadth and depth. I really enjoyed being challenged to step outside of the daily work and to think deeply and consider new perspectives. It is truly amazing to talk to other teaching artists, see their work, feel inspired, motivated, and renewed."