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Regional practicum


TATI Regional practicum

Regional Practicums offer fully-funded professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists (TAs) within a selected El Sistema-inspired or community music program. Learning alongside guest TAs from within the same region, 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. 

Teaching Artists in El Sistema-inspired and community music programs are eligible to apply. Teaching Artists do not need to be currently or formerly enrolled in the Lab Cohort Program (alumni always welcome!). However, Teaching Artists must be currently employed by an El Sistema-inspired or community music program who acts as their sponsor. Priority registration will be given to Teaching Artists who live within the defined region for each practicum.

2022-2023 Information

Regional Practicums will be held in the following regions in partnership with local organizations:


November 10-11, 2022
Hosted by Austin Soundwaves


January 17-18, 2023
Hosted by Soundscapes


February 16-17, 2023
Hosted by Paterson Music Project


March 23-24, 2023
Hosted by Bay Area Music Project


April 19-20, 2023
Hosted by Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

Featured 2022 sessions

Session 1: Growth and Fixed Mindset
What is growth mindset and fixed mindset? How does this relate to our experiences as performing artists and impact our work in the music classroom? Working together in small groups, we’ll assess relevant scenarios and ways to implement growth mindset in our regular routines.

Session 2: Tools for Planning
We’ve all heard the importance of lesson planning and preparing to teach. But what actually goes into a lesson plan? Dive into the tools and processes we use to implement instruction so we can guide students over a sustained and continual arc of time.  

Session 3: Planning for the Unexpected
Today, more than ever, we know the importance of pivoting and the need for flexibility. However, as humans, we are innately more comfortable when we have plans, contingency plans, and can anticipate the inevitable. What do we do when everything gets turned upside down and how do we adapt within our classrooms?

Session 4: Defining and Measuring Success
How do we define success for a Teaching Artist? Is the success of our students the only factor to consider? Through personal reflection and small group discussions, we’ll work together to define success as educators. Once a definition is established, we’ll explore how to consistently and effectively measure our success as Teaching Artists.

travel and lodging


Visiting Teaching Artists are responsible for booking their own travel and lodging arrangements for the duration of the two-day regional practicum.