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Southeast Regional Practicum: January 18-19, 2024


The Southeast Regional Practicum is designed to convene Teaching Artists from El Sistema-inspired and community music programs across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 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 January 18-19, 2024 at the Southeast Regional Practicum in Miami, FL hosted by Miami Music Project.

About the Host organization

Miami Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential, positively affecting their society through the study and performance of music. Miami Music Project’s vision is to create opportunity and access through music for those most in need, improve the quality of life for children today and ultimately transform their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. Emerging as a model for music education programs nationally, Miami Music Project offers free of charge, after-school and summer programming to all students with no barriers to entry, regardless of race or economic status. As of today, Miami Music Project has reached thousands of children and youth across Miami-Dade County, becoming one of the largest socially transformative music initiatives in US.

featured clinicianS



Eric Williamson is the Artistic Director of Lavender Light the Black and People of All Colors LGBTQ+ Gospel Choir. This choir is dedicated to continuing the legacy of singing Black Gospel music with a special ministry in supporting Black and Brown queer folx. Mr. Williamson received his B.A. in Music from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a guest conductor he has led honor and festival choirs across the east coast bringing his magnetic energy and authenticity to choruses. As a former conductor with the Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus he has prepared choruses for performances at Lincoln Center, several recording projects, New York City Opera, and more. 

As a National Facilitator for the Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools training program, he has led workshops on LGBTQ+ inclusion for schools, school districts, and non-profit organizations. An advocate for equity & belonging in education, he has been featured on NY1, Good Morning America, and published in the March 2023 edition of the Music Educators Journal. He has led workshops centering Anti-racism and Culturally Responsive Teaching for music educators at Carnegie Hall and several universities across the East Coast. He currently works at PS 32 in Brooklyn as the PreK-5 general music teacher, the ADEI Chair for the New York Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions. For more information, please visit IG/TikTok: @mrwilliamsonmusicroom



Dr. Scott N. Edgar (he/him) has dedicated his career to highlighting the potential music education and educators have to build life skills students will utilize long after they leave the classroom. As a notable authority on music education and Social Emotional Learning, Dr. Edgar has emerged as the leading researcher, best-selling author, and internationally sought-after clinician on the subject. He is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music, The ABCs of My Feelings and Music (co-authored with his wife Stephanie), and editor of Portraits of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning (published through GIA Publications).

Dr. Edgar prioritizes facilitating spaces where people can explore their identity, build a sense of belonging, and experience agency. He is grateful for the many experiences he has had at Bowling Green State University (B.M.E.), University of Dayton, (M.S.), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) to learn from his mentors. He is Associate Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College, Social Emotional Learning Editor for GIA Publications, and serves as Director of Practice and Research for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning. Dr. Edgar is also a Music for All Educational Consultant, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Educational Consultant. Striving for work/life balance, he enjoys grilling, exercising, and spending time with his wife Steph and their son Nathan, and their rescue golden retriever, Aria.

practicum WORKSHOPS

CORE FOCUS: Culturally Responsive Teaching

This Regional Practicum centers students’ experiences and funds of knowledge in the classroom, viewing the student and their community as assets in the learning process. 

Culturally Responsive Teaching 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.

additional lens: social emotional learning

Social-Emotional Learning explores the ways that students can gain and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to developing healthy identities, managing and regulating emotions, building supportive relationships through connection, displaying empathy for others, and making caring and responsible decisions. Participants will explore how to create learning spaces and experiences that center authentic relationships, trust, and student-centered collaboration. 

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                 Miami Music Project 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 southeast Regional Practicum

january 18-19, 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 - nov 24

General: nov 25 - dec 29

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 December 8, 2023. 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 December 8, 2023. All cancellation requests must be submitted via email to

travel and lodging

Recommended Hotels

Hilton Miami Downtown (.5 mile from workshop location)
1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
0.4mi from Arsht Center
On-site restaurant
Close to Metromover stop (free public transport downtown)
Valet parking $45/night

Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown (1.4 miles from workshop location)
340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
0.8mi from Arsht Center

On-site restaurant
Valet parking $45/night

YOTEL Miami (1.5 miles from workshop location)
227 NE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33132
0.9mi from Arsht Center
On-site restaurant
Close to Metromover stop (free public transportation downtown)
Valet parking $53.68/night
Discounts for AAA members

Travel Tips

The Southeast Regional Practicum will primarily be based in Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Public transportation is available downtown, but a car is needed to get to Miami Beach/other activities. We will make carpooling available. 

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."