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Regional practicum


TATI Regional practicum

Regional Practicums offer in-person professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists working with El Sistema-inspired and community music programs to learn and collaborate together. Over two-days, participants take a deep dive into relevant classroom topics like culturally responsive teaching, classroom management, and trauma-informed teaching practices. Regional Practicums emphasize active participation by encouraging learning through group discussions, problem-solving challenges, and peer teaching observations. TATI will offer five Regional Practicums across the United States, in partnership with Host Organizations, during the 2023-2024 school year.

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.

2023-2024 LOCATIONS

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


October 9-10, 2023
Hosted by
Sistema Utah

Salt Lake City, UT


November 3-4, 2023
Hosted by
Merit School of Music
Chicago, IL


January 18-19, 2024
Hosted by
Miami Music Project
Miami, FL



March 1-2, 2024
Hosted by
Buffalo String Works
Buffalo, NY

Due to the size of the United States, TATI makes a strong effort to rotate locations of Regional Practicums each year. In any given year, Teaching Artists from organizations outside of the designated regions are still welcome to register. However, priority will be given to Teaching Artists from within the designate region.











Please refer to individual practicum pages for registration windows and other important details.


Core 1: 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.

Core 2: Lesson Plan Design
This workshop will focus on designing lesson plans that intentionally support different learning styles and build musical skills over time. Participants will learn how to create learning goals that are specific and work to define success for student learning. An emphasis will be placed on planning that supports all students in the classroom and will explore pacing, scope and sequence, and scaffolded learning. Planning skills within the context of community music programming will be shared that give teaching artists a sense of ownership and a deeper purpose in the classroom, by focusing on both concert-readiness and musical skill building.

Core 3: Culturally Responsive Teaching
Culturally Responsive Teaching centers students’ experiences and funds of knowledge in the classroom, viewing the student and their community as assets in the learning process.  CRT can be infused into all areas of our teaching practice to create classroom environments that incorporate student voice and affirm the lived experiences of all students. Participants will explore how to connect learning experiences to the cultural references and backgrounds of students.

Core 4: Trauma-Informed Classrooms
According to the National Survey of Children’s Health (2021), 23.3% of children in the USA between the ages of 3 – 17 years old have one or more mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral (MEDB) challenges. This workshop will focus on embedded teaching strategies that create psychologically safe environments that support students to focus on learning and connection. 


Visiting Teaching Artists are responsible for booking their own travel and lodging arrangements for the duration of the two-day regional practicum. Please refer to the individual practicum page for information on hotel blocks, event locations, and more.